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"The Riff: Music News Podcast" brings independent artists, labels, venues, and more under the same roof. We collect our favorite music stories, performances and events and present them to you in our own way. Interviewing some of the most prominent people on the music scene, The Riff: Music News Podcast" is going to keep you relevant and 'up to date' with what's going on in the music world. Check out the free app that mirrors what we are doing here on this podcast.

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"The Riff: Music News Podcast" brings independent artists, labels, venues, and more under the same roof. We collect our favorite music stories, performances and events and present them to you in our own way. Interviewing some of the most prominent people on the music scene, The Riff: Music News Podcast" is going to keep you relevant and 'up to date' with what's going on in the music world. Check out the free app that mirrors what we are doing here on this podcast.

    Yunie Mojica Talks with the Founder of Los Pleneros de la 21

    Yunie Mojica Talks with the Founder of Los Pleneros de la 21

    Yunie Mojica Talks with the Founder of Los Pleneros de la 21/ Matt Chasen talks about what's new in Truth Revolution Records



    They discuss Pregones, the history of Bomba and Plena, New York- Puerto Rican Culture, Afro Puerto Rican music, history and dance. Juan Juango Gutierrez talks about the new generation in this music. They have a new release on TRR.



    TRR producer and representative, Matt Chasen, goes over the happenings in TRR and goes over Marcus Persiani, The Curtis Brothers, Andy Gonzalez Ronnie Burrage and Los Pleneros. Here they talk about the new releases coming up next.

    • 20 min
    Ronnie Burrage and Holographic Principle Talks About Their Latest Release/ Justin Brown’s “Nyeusi” Reviewed

    Ronnie Burrage and Holographic Principle Talks About Their Latest Release/ Justin Brown’s “Nyeusi” Reviewed

    In this episode of “The Riff: Music News Podcast”, Yunie Mojica sits down with Holographic Principle, pianist - Michal Wierba, bassist - Nimrod Speaks and the drummer and leader of the band Ronnie Burrage.

    They talk about the beginnings of the band, and some of their original compositions as well as the making of their most recent release, "Dance of the Great Spirit." Ronnie Burrage is considered one of the best jazz musicians on the world scene today. He has played with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius and is featured on more than 100 recordings; and has toured on all four continents from Siberia to South Africa to Japan. The second half of this episode is the "review segment" featuring Truth Revolution Recording Collective Distribution Specialist Matt Chasen. He discusses dummer Justin Brown's latest release, "Nyeusi" on Biopholio records featuring: Mark Shim, Jason Lindner, Fabian Almazan, Burniss Travis.

    (All featured music is from Holographic Principle's newest release on TRR "Dance of the Great Spirit")

    • 59 min
    05: Little Johnny Talks About His Upcoming Release/“Live in Europe” Reviewed

    05: Little Johnny Talks About His Upcoming Release/“Live in Europe” Reviewed

    In this episode of “The Riff: Music News Podcast”, one of the most iconic percussionists of the last fifty years, within “The Latin Diaspora” and beyond, “Little” Johnny Rivero, sits down with host Yunie Mojica to discuss his origins as a dancer turned percussionist in New York City. At 13, Rivero’s family moved to Puerto Rico, which ultimately led to a sixteen year tenure in pianist Papo Lucca’s “La Sonora Poncena”, one of the greatest “salsa” bands of all-time. Leaving “Sonora Poncena” in 1990, “Little” Johnny set out on a freelance career in which he has appeared on over 100 recordings. He has worked with the likes of Charlie and Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Andy Montanez, Cheo Feliciano, Ray Barretto, Brian Lynch, Conrad Herwig, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Paquito D’Rivera. Rivero discusses his most recent album, “Music in Me”, which is available on Truth Revolution Recording Collective, as well as his upcoming project, “Golpe Duro”, which although featuring one “Latin Jazz” composition by pianist Zaccai Curtis, is a “tried and true salsa album” that returns “Little” Johnny to his roots.

    Rivero discusses his experiences in Eddie Palmieri’s band over the last eighteen years, along with what his own experiences as a bandleader have been like.

    The second half of this episode is the "review segment" featuring Truth Revolution Recording Collective Distribution Specialist Matt Chasen. He discusses pianist Fred Hersch’s “Live in Europe”, saxophonist JD Allen’s “Love Stone”, bassist Nat Reeves’ “Blue Ridge” and TRR Collective News with host Yunie Mojica.

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    • 32 min
    04: Jonathan Michel Interview

    04: Jonathan Michel Interview

    Host, Yunie Mojica brings in NY bassist, Jonathan Michel, to talk about his debut album, inspiration for the tunes on it, and much more.

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    • 40 min
    03: Jonathan Barber Interview

    03: Jonathan Barber Interview

    Host, Yunie Mojica brings in drummer, Johnathan Barber, to talk about his band, inspiration for his album, and much more.



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    • 32 min
    02: Nick Biello Interview

    02: Nick Biello Interview

    Host, Yunie Mojica brings in saxophonist and composer, Nick Biello, to discuss his most recent album and upcoming tour.



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    • 31 min

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