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CBJC Festival Magazine 2016

Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium produces a Jazz Festival every year. 2016 brings our 17th Annual Festival. The Brooklyn grassRoots festival this year runs from April 15th until May 15. This years event was fantastic. View our magazine for a look inside.

Valle’s Corner Harold

Valle’s Corner Harold Valle DYNAMIC DUO (Poets Extraordinaire) Harold Valle (Keeper of the Secrets) & Sister Imani Email: or Keep up the great work you do..... ODE TO CENTRAL BROOKLYN JAZZ CONSORTIUM Let it be known that Brooklyn’s very own has been on the scene for many a year. Yes, it’s very clear that their commitment to bring jazz to all – winter, summer & fall at an affordable price has been quite nice. They are tops with no false props for the foundation which they stand is solid as a rock. I talk about the organization that is recognized throughout the world. So it’s plain to see that CBJC will be a shining star. They will continue to go forward by leaps and bounds for keeping the legacy of jazz alive is their thing. To be exact, it is truly a fact that they really do swing in everyway each and every day, By Harold Valle, Jazz Poet (“Keeper of the Secrets”) © Jan. 23, 2012 18

LUCIANO POZO GONZALEZ Keeper of the Tradition By Harold Valle, Jazz Poet (“Keeper of the Secrets”) Many momentous historical events transpired in the year 1915. One could fill volumes of large books. For the musical world, three wonderful births occurred in 1915 that are close to our hearts, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Luciano Pozo Gonzalez, popularly known as Chano Pozo. Chano was born on January 7, 1915 in a one room apartment located in Havana, Cuba. The proud parents were Encarnacion Gonzalez and Cecilio Pozo. Chano had a half-brother named Felix Chappotin who later became known for his excellent trumpet playing in the 1950’s with his conjunto “Chappotin and Sus Estrellas.” It was stated that Chano was a wayward youngster who was always prone to doing exciting things. As a teenager he was confined for a period of time in a reform school. Chano acquired a reputation as a street fighter who didn’t shy away from trouble. Chano demonstrated his skills as a drummer and dancer in street bands such as El Barracon del Pueblo Nuevo and La Sultans de Barrio Colon. In the mid 1940’s Chano and his brother Chappotin co-directed a band named El Conjunto Azul for several years. Chano met Mario Bauza in December 1945 in Havana. Mario was familiar with Chano’s compositions, for the Machito Band had recorded some of his songs. It should be noted that Chano did not write music, but would hum the tune which would then be written out by a copyist. Such tunes as “Para-Param- Pampin” and “Nague” were hits for bands such as Noro Morales, Xavier Cugat, Augusto Coen, Miguelito Valdes and Machito. Chano came to New York City in 1946 and was later introduced by Mario Bauza to Dizzy Gillespie, the great jazz innovator who played with Mario in the Cab Calloway Band. Dizzy needed a conga player to add to the new musical concept he was exploring, Chano consented to join. It was a beautiful relationship despite the language barrier. Chano was responsible for Dizzy’s great hits such as Monteca; Cubano Be, Cubano Bop; and Tin Tin Deo. On December 2, 1948, Chano was in the El Rio Bar & Grill located on the corner of 111th Street and Lenox Ave. (Now Malcolm X Blvd.) New York City. Due to a dispute, Chano was shot six times by an assailant while he was listening and dancing to Monteca being played on the Juke Box. Chano was only 33 years of age at the time of his tragic death. In spite of his demise, Chano’s drumming legacy and songs will forever abide in the annals of Latin Jazz everywhere in the world. Mr. Valle is known as “the keeper of the secrets”... This is his title bestowed on him by the Jazz fans at “Club Jazz966” in Bed-Stuy. Harold always makes sure the Jazz fans understand where the music comes from..... 19