The Sunday Jazz Brunch Presents

Musician's Corner: Gabriel Espinosa

Air Date: 2/11/2024 on 90.5 WICN 8am-12pm ET


My guest on the next edition of Musician's Corner is bassist, arranger, composer, and teacher Gabriel Espinosa, born in the city of Mérida, which is the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. 

In 1983, he graduated from Boston's Berklee College of Music with a degree in arranging, and from there started a group called Ashanti, which performed in the Boston area. 

In 1992 while studying in Texas, Mr. Espinosa produced several albums for Mexican artists, including the famous Armando Manzanero, composer of Somos Novios, also known from Perry Como's English version called It's Impossible.

Since 1996 Mr. Espinosa has directed the Jazz Studies program at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he does all his composing and arranging, including for his latest CD, Bossas and Boleros

This release features a list of very talented guest artists, including Kim Nazarian, Fred Hersch, Anat Cohen, and The New York Voices.

You'll hear Mr. Espinosa walk us through two songs from the CD, Mi Jarana and First Responders. The former song is based on a traditional Mexican couples dance, typical of Yucatán. However, here Mr. Espinosa uses only certain characteristics of the song form, and thus makes it his own. 

 Tune in at 10:00 am ET 

to hear this edition of Musician's Corner.

For the second song, we'll hear a touching and dramatic backstory. Mr. Espinosa will explain his concept and also talk about the other artists who helped him realize the concept in music. 

This is a superb edition of Musician's Corner that I'm sure you will find edifying and emotionally satisfying. Don't miss it!

Yours in jazz,


Photo by Dan Vander Beek

HOUR ONE: Contemplative Morning

Arve Henriksen t\Touch of Time 2024\Touch of Time
Joe Pass-Eximious 1982-03 Lush Life
Julie Kelly\Freedom Jazz Dance 10 - Funny How Time Slips Away (w nelson) _ Hello Like Before (b withers)
Steve Kuhn-Remembering Tomorrow-09 The Feeling Within 1995

Yosef Gutman with Lionel Louke\Soulsong 2024\The Tender Eyes of Leah
Geoffrey Dean Quartet\Foundations 2024\My Conception
Shirley Horn-Here's To Life-05 Where Do You Start 1992
Sean Jones-The Search Within-06 Letter of Resignation 2009 voc Carolyn Perteete

Salvatore Bonafede Trio-Sicilian Opening-03 Ideal Standard 2009
Sophie Milman-Make Someone Happy-02 Something In The Air Between Us 2007
Sam Kirmayer-High and Low-07 Ill Wind 2018

HOUR TWO: New For You

Yosef Gutman with Lionel Louke\Soulsong 2024\Hashkama
Dan Dean\Vocalise 2024\Holst Suite 1 Movement 2 Interlude
Joel Ross v\nublues 2024\Chant
Julie Kelly\Freedom Jazz Dance 2024\Sunday in New York
Charles Chen p\Play 2024\Golson

John Coltrane-Ole Coltrane [Atlantic Jazz 1373-2]-03 Aisha-1964
Vanisha Gould\Life's a Gig 2024\Aisha
Mark Winkler\The Rules Don't Apply 2023\IGY What a Beautiful World c Fagen

James Zollar tpt\The Ways In 2024 Peace c Silver v Nabuko Kiryu
Marius Van Den Brink p\New York Knock 2024\Coral Sun feat Sean Jones t from Netherlands in NY
Gregory Porter-All Rise-05 Faith in Love-2020
Halie Loren-Simply Love-13 Simply Love 2013

HOUR THREE: Brazil/World

Musician's Corner: Gabriel Espinosa\Bossas and Boleros 2023\Mi Jarana
Musician's Corner: Gabriel Espinosa\Bossas and Boleros 2023\First Responders

Roberto Menescal-Nosd Eo Mar 2023-10 A Volta
Ed Johnson\For Every Living Thing 2024\Love as One
Julie Kelly\Freedom Jazz Dance 2024\Ponteio
Sara Caswell\The Way To You 2023\09 O Que Tinha de Ser

Ed Johnson\For Every Living Thing 2024\Out Of Time
Sarah McKenzie\Without You 2023\06 Quoi, Quoi, Quoi
Joe Pass\Eximious 1982\Seranata
Francesco Crosara\Circular Motion 2024\Julia's Tango

HOUR FOUR: Groove, Baby

Rick Braun-Can You Feel It-10-The Dream
Richard Elliot - Authentic Life 2022  - Elegant People
Reza Khan\Imaginary Road 2021\Somewhere East
Brian Simpson\Soul Connection 2023\Meadow Breeze

Incognito-Into You 2023-09 Come to Me
Sofia Rubina-I am Soul 2023-08 Someday
Euge Groove\Comfort Zone 2023 - Let's Hold Hands
Leo Sidran-What's Trending 2023-11 Nobody Kisses Anymore

Brian Simpson\Soul Connection 2023\Soul Connection
Charles Langford-Powerless 2021-01 Better Days Ahead
Chris Standring-Ten-03-magic-carpet-ride-m
Count Basic-Movin' In The Right Direction-06 On the Move 1996


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