I am very excited to share the news that the book, Mazal Tov, Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music (edited by Amalia Ran and Moshe Morad) has been published by Brill.
You can see my article “¡Toca maravilloso! Larry Harlow and the Jewish Connection to Latin music” here: 9789004184473_08-Lapidus-2.
On April 29, I gave a presentation on Juanito Márquez’s musical career as part of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University. Here is a Juanito Márquez to watch the presentation.
On May 15, 2015, “El Show de Jacky” profiled Papasito Restaurant. The trio featuring myself, Wilmer Vega, and Jennifer Vincent can be seen at the 2:55 marking of this video clip.
On April 29, I will be giving a presentation on the amazing musical career of Juanito Márquez at The Green Library of FIU, Modesto Maidique Campus.
On April 10, Benjamin Lapidus will be playing with Hipólito Jean and Edgar Molina as part of the Fiesta Sunset Jazz Series at the Fiesta Sunset Hotel in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Music writer Oliver Arditi wrote a fantastic review of Ochosi Blues, saying “Lapidus is an electrifying and tasteful guitarist and tresero, with master accompanists, and a clear artistic vision, which is realised on Ochosi Blues with rare coherence and a compelling, earthy power.” Click on his name to read the full review.
Nelson Rodríguez gave an enthusiastic review of Ochosi Blues for Herencia Latina, writing: “There is nothing better than concept recordings and guitarist Benjamin Lapidus (Sonido Isleño) & Kari-B3 in their salute to the Hammond B3 Organ and Ben’s love for the instrument.” Click the link for the full review.