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Portraits in Jazz: Ronald Tomas, homeland and music

Second of a series “I just want to play,” says Ronald Tomas, band leader, arranger, composer, singer, and saxophonist—arguably one of the busiest musicians today who cross over jazz, R&B/ funk/rock/soul, and pop jazz stages with enviable ease, the sort for whom music is air and water.  Ronald grew up in Pangasinan swaddled by music:...


Portraits in Jazz: Tots Tolentino in the cool of the moment

(First of a series) EDITOR’S NOTE: With this piece, Jocelyn de Jesus starts a series of portraits resulting from conversations with stellar Filipino jazz practitioners—“in full bloom in their 60s and 70s,” she says, and “changing the game one gig at a time.”     Mario “Tots” Tolentino’s household-name status in contemporary Philippine music is undisputed, having...