Happy Birthday, Irving Fields

From Sept ’09 Spotlight: Fans all around the world celebrated Irving Fields’ 95th birthday on August 4. The Latin-inspired Jazz pianist sold over 2 million copies of the ”Miami Beach Rumba” in 1959, and still performs regularly in Latin America and the United States to this day. His best-known CDs (Bagels & Bongos and My Yiddishe Mamas Favorites) are still available, but my personal Fields favorite is his 2006 collaboration with Cuban-born percussionist Roberto Rodriguez on Oy Vey….. Ole!!! Kudos to “Radical Jewish Culture” maven John Zorn for putting them together. Learn more at www.tzadik.com.

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