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.

Michael Lazarus

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Boricua bassist, Latin Grammy® winning audio, mix & mastering engineer, producer and Latin music specialist.

Born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, Michael Lazarus is a North California Bay Area based music professional with recording, touring and teaching experience who specializes in Caribbean music. Now focused on original music projects, mastering and production, he is continually collaborating with national / international World & Latin music artists. Email him at: puracepamike [at] gmail [dot] com.

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AIMP Association of Independent Music Publishers
ASCAP registered writer & publisher
BMI registered publisher
Engineer Member of the Grammy Producers and Engineers Wing (P&E Wing)
NALAC National Association of Latino Arts & Culture
NALIP National Association of Latino Independent Producers
NAMM National Association of Music Merchants show participant
NARAS & LARAS voting member of the Grammy Awards
NARIP National Association of Recording Industry Professionals

Lakland 55-94 Deluxe 5-string
Steinberger XL-5 Wide 5-string
Wal African Padua 4-string
Glockenklang Soul bass amp
Ampeg PB-212H bass cabinet
Peterson Strobe stomp tuner
Boss GEB-7 bass equalizer

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San Jose Jazz Festival
Caribbean City
Yoshi's Oakland




Michael Lazarus ( Bass ) & Co-Mixing & Mastering

Stephen Vahle 4-tet performs 'Timbamania'
composed by Michael Lazarus ( Bass )
and Marco Díaz
Live at Slim's San Francisco w/ Ashley Mendez
Michael Lazarus ( Bass )
with Danny Lozada & Chuchito Valdés
Café Cócomo in San Francisco
Michael Lazarus ( Bass )
Orquesta d' Soul Video Clip (2,000,000+ views)
Michael Lazarus ( Bass )

Ashley Mendez - "Let's Go There"
Michael Lazarus ( Bass ) cameo & Mastering

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