Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.
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Jardinero (C.E.)

Artist:   Jesus Diaz y su QBA

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2003 11 0
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01  Chirimoya
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4:56 fruta que estaba de moda cuando en mi Cuba vivia
02  Jardinero
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5:27 lo que quiero es que me tiren flores de todos colores
03  Me Tiene Loco
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6:08 nunca habia vista una sonrisa como la de ella
04  Dormido
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4:19 me la llevo porque quiere, pensaba que eran amigos
05  Fantoma
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5:43 cuando me visita todo el alcohol de mi casa se toma
06  Gallo
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4:42 yo solo quiero que bailes conmigo
07  Pal Monte
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6:04 ...un garabato, voy a cargar mi cazuela mi ganga
08  Dime Si Te Gusta
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5:50 como baila, como se menea, sofoca a cualquiera
09  Wannabe
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4:40 solamente eres amigo cuando te conviene
10  Llego La Hora
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7:52 eres una cafetera caliente, nadie te puede parar
11  Rumba Pa Yemaya
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2:49 all percussion by Jesus Diaz
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With an incomparable orchestra of accomplished artists whose talents combine Funk, Jazz, Rumba, Son, and varied Afro-Cuban elements, Jesus Díaz's second release proves that US-based timba is alive and well. This exclusive Collectors Edition (C.E.) features a digitally re-mastered version of the album.


JESUS DIAZ Y SU QBA - Cuban born percussionist Jesús Diaz has quietly and assuredly taken the Bay Area music by storm, and established a place in the world of Latin and Cuban style dance music. The rich musical diversity of the Bay Area, combined with the roots of Afro-Cuban music, has provided the opportunity to learn, experiment and arrive at the evolution of what QBA is today.

Showcased in their CD releases, CARAMELO and JARDINERO, Jesús has assembled an incomparable orchestra of accomplished artists whose talents combine Funk, Jazz, Rumba, Son, and varied Afro-Cuban elements within the syncopation of modern expressions in Cuban dance music. This musical tradition is rooted in the firm belief in the importance of creating new and unique "signature" styles and sounds. The drive of the music is a direct function of remaining actively engaged with the dancers.

Most recently, Jesús Díaz Y Su QBA have shared the stage along with renowned Cuban artists such as Issaac Delgado and Manolin "El Medico de La Salsa", demonstrating that original "Timba" is indeed alive and well here in the United States. QBA fuses modern and traditional elements of Afro-Cuban influences within dance music to create their unique sound.


JESUS DIAZ - Cuban born percussionist and vocalist Jesus Diaz arrived in the United States from la Habana in 1980. He quickly identified the Bay Area music scene as the grounds to establish his new home. His local and worldwide performances in collaboration with world renowned and acclaimed artists, are recognized for their contributions to the richness of an ever expanding musical genre worldwide.


Jesus Diaz has performed, toured and recorded with such artists as, Carlos Santana, Andy Narrell, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobbie Womack, Steve Coleman, Caribbean Jazz Project, Planet Drum, Talking Drums, Pete Escovedo / Sheila E, José Luis Quintana "Changuito", Giovanni Hidalgo, Rebecca Mauleón & Round Trip, Omar Sosa, Columna "B", John Calloway, and Conjunto Céspedes among many.

As an educator, he has participated on several prominent clinics and workshops, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop and Jazz Camp West,. In collaboration with the group Talking Drums, which includes fellow percussionists Michael Spiro and David Garibaldi, he has contributed to various Warner Brothers instructional books and videos.

A multi-instrumentalist, arranger and vocalist, Díaz has established himself as one of the most in-demand performers and studio musicians world-wide. Jesus diaz is endorsed by Latin Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth, Audix, and Evans Drum Heads.


A historical photo taken in San Francisco with Ruben Blades, Orestes Vilató, Armando Perraza, Ralph Irizarry, Bobby Allende and Jesús Díaz.