Jazz Caliente: Mambo, Hip-Hop and Basketball

Jan 20, 2017

On this week's Saturday Jazz Caliente we'll hear some of maestro Eddie Palmieri's original music for the documentary "Doin' It in the Park," a film by Bobbito Garcia about the pick-up basketball game culture in NYC's parks.

I've written before about the importance of the Puerto Rican community in keeping Afro-Cuban jazz alive.  This entertaining film, "From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale," traces the history of musical innovation spurred by the blending of Puerto Rican and African-American cultures in the Bronx.  

Listen for some influential 'Nuyoricans' (Puerto Ricans from New York), like Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo and Jerry Gonzalez on this week's Saturday Jazz Caliente.

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. The program is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.