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Con Mis Manos

by Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco

The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco's third original CD features Latin Jazz legends like Jerry Gonzáles, John Santos, Louis Romero, Carlos Caro, Jeff Cressman and Rico Pabon performing songs written by Dr. John Calloway and our young musicians.
Genre: Latin: Latin Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A La Palmieri
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2. La Nueva
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4:04 $0.99
3. Ahkeel's Way
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5:11 $0.99
4. Skating in Central Park
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4:17 $0.99
5. Esta Tarde VI Llover
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2:49 $0.99
6. Descarga #3 (feat. Carlos Caro & John Santos)
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5:20 $0.99
7. Bajando la Cuesta (feat. Jerry González)
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5:28 $0.99
8. The Future (feat. Jerry González)
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5:04 $0.99
9. Jerry's Jentrification Jam (feat. Jerry González & Rico Pabon)
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8:15 $0.99
10. Con Mis Manos (feat. Omar Ledezma)
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4:59 $0.99
11. Ljye United (feat. Carlos Caro, Jeff Cressman & Louie Romero)
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4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, or LJYE, is a performing group of talented musicians ages ten to 18. Their repertoire features Latin jazz classics and original compositions at a level that has landed them gigs at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the KCSM Jazz Festival, KGO Radio, Yerba Buena Gardens, SF Museum of Modern Art, Paramount's Great America and the world-renown jazz club, Yoshi’s. The LJYE has shared the stage with legendary performers such as the great Cuban bassist, Cachao; piano virtuoso Chuchito Valdes; Latin jazz heavyweights Poncho Sanchez and Clare Fischer; and the Grammy Award-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. The LJYE mission is to preserve the traditions of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music by teaching it to youth and to create role models for aspiring student musicians. The LJYE was chosen as one of the top youth bands in Northern California in the 2004 YouthQuake competition and won First Place (Youth Music) in Carnaval San Francisco in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006. The Ensemble is honored to be Youth Artists-in-Residence at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival since 2005. The group has recorded two CDs, "LJYE Live at Yoshi's," (2004) and "Generaciones" (2010) featuring the great Cuban percussionist, Armando Peraza.

The group was founded by Musical Director John Calloway, a San Francisco Unified School District music educator and city Arts Commissioner; Managing Director Arturo Riera, and Co- Director Sylvia Ramirez,whose son Daniel Riera played flute in the original group. The ensemble made it's debut on September 15, 2001, just days after the national tragedy of September 11th. Although it was the saddest of times, the decision was made to continue with their debut first show at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco at "A Tribute to Cal Tjader," where they opened for Poncho Sanchez. The youth's exuberant performance embodied hope for the future and reverence for the past. These two sentiments provided much needed comfort to all who saw them perform that night. At that moment the LJYE was born and it has remained in the embrace of Bay Area Latin jazz enthusiasts.

"Even though part of the draw for the group is that they are young people, I don't see them differently from the professional musicians I work with," said Calloway. "They are talented artists who just need to rack up more experience. I have no doubt they will some day be the 'names' you hear about on the Latin music scene."

Many of the LJYE members are on the road to becoming professional musicians having displayed the passion, talent and dedication needed to make it in the performing world. Several students have won prestigious national awards including Downbeat Student Awards; ASCAP Young Composer Awards; and National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts Awards.

The group is financially self-sustaining and receives no outside funding. Managing Director Riera keeps the band busy with paid performances at festivals and community events. The group also performs “pro bono” at various community benefits.
Students accepted into the LJYE receive a full tuition scholarship which includes all training and performance opportunities. In the fall of 2006 the directors started a new component to the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble called the LJYE Workshop. The Workshop is a program which prepares young musicians for the advanced performances required in the Ensemble. The training focuses on students with proficiency on their instrument and provides them with invaluable performance experience.

Calloway, Ramirez and Riera are committed to teaching Latin jazz and not solely focusing on performing. Based in San Francisco, the Ensemble and Workshop are open to all student musicians in the Bay Area by audition. Membership in the group fluctuates as the students mature and leave for college, so Calloway is always looking for talented young people interested in performing Latin music.

Creating the Ensemble with Riera and Ramirez has been a dream come true for Calloway, whose love of the music is outweighed only by his love of teaching. "Working with the group has allowed me to pass along the music, just as it was passed on to me. The music these students play is timeless. It's our contribution to keeping this art form alive in the years to come.



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A Fantastic Venture!
The LJYE is by far one of the best and most serious endeavors I have see/heard! We stumbled upon them in San Fran at a street festival and the CD's are gifts spread throughout SoCal. WOW! Arturo Riera & company has put together nothing less than spectacular again and again and again!!! My hat is off to this incredible presentation.


Blown Away Impressed
'Con Mis Manos' arrived and I can't want for the rest of my family to hear it!! Until then, I can't stop listening to it .... love, Love, LOVE Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco!!
Sylvia Ramirez, Arturo Riera, John Calloway I'm overwhelmingly impressed by the work you do cultivating the young musicians talent! I'm looking forward to seeing LJYE play again soon....

Monique Perez

Blown Away Impressed
Con Mis Manos just arrived and I can't wait until the rest of my family gets to listen to it! Until then, I can't stop listening to it. Love, LOVE, LOVE the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco!!
Arturo Riera, Sylvia Ramirez and Dr. John Calloway -- I'm constantly blown away and impressed watching you three cultivate your LJYE students every year. Looking forward to seeing them preform soon!
Con Mis Manos is a must listen and purchase!