Your Panorama track from September 2015 represents a genre that we've become more interested in these past few months, that of the Venezuelan Waltz. Titled "Esperanzas" ("Hopes") and originally recorded in New York in 1918, this is the first of two Venezuelan waltzes for the Fall and our second from the repertoire of Trinidadian composer and pianist Lionel Belasco (1881-1967). We learned another of his compositions, Carmencita, back when we were playing on Bourbon Street in 2004 and released it on our second CD, Panoramaland (2005) and again on our live CD, Dance of the Hot Earth (2013).

Compared to the better known Viennese waltz, the South American counterpart has an earthier and more polyrhythmic groove. Check out the maraca work of Panorama drummer Doug Garrison who actually traveled to Venezuela to study the folk music several years ago and was happy to have an excuse to break out his maracas for this session.

And check out the following release, "Recordando A Venezuela," featuring the Venezezuela-born, New Orleans chanteuse Yulene Velásquez in a heart-felt performance that adds another stamp to the band's passport.


from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, released May 1, 2015
Recorded June 16, 2015 at Listen Up! Studios, New Orleans, LA
Ben Schenck - Clarinet
Tomas Majcherski - Alto Saxophone
Charlie Halloran - Trombone
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Patrick Mackey - Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Paul Thibodeaux - Drums
Doug Garrison - Maracas

Music arranged by Ben Schenck
Produced by Ben Schenck
Recorded, edited and mixed by Michael Seaman at Listen Up!
Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Graphic design by Ben Schenck
Cover photo by Greg Miles


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The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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