Óscar Martínez “Oxama” is a Mexican cultural producer, musician, blogger, reporter, and broadcaster who has a career of more than two decades dedicated to jazz, a style he “hooked” on as a child, in the eighties, through the broadcasts of the Radio Universidad de Oaxaca (Mexico). He inherited these tastes from his father, who collaborated with several radio stations in Oaxaca that he visited when he was a child. This season we can listen to him in El sexto continente, his most recent program.
Last Thursday, Oxama published a documentary on the history of Jazz in Spain on the YouTube channel of El sexto continente , from the international perspective of a passionate about the genre. The documentary talks about the history, from the most relevant roots, influences and figures to today. About how Juan Claudio Cifuentes “El Cifu”, a personal friend of great musicians, became part of the history of jazz in Europe, after passing through programs such as Jazz porque sí (RNE, the Spanish national public radio) and Jazz entre amigos (TVE, the Spanish national public television), and after interviewing figures of the stature of Chick Corea or Miles Davis. From mergers, mixes and influences between Spanish and international musicians to the appearance of Tete Montoliu, an icon of Spanish jazz. From his first contact with our jazz through the magazine Cuadernos de jazz until when he met Abe Rábade Trio on a visit that the group made to his country. And, regarding this trip, the beautiful story of Abe Rábade with the Tule Tree, located in the enclosure of the church in the center of the city of Santa María del Tule (Oaxaca), which ended up giving name to a song on the album Once, and inspiring the title of this documentary: El pianista que se enamoró de un árbol (The pianist who fell in love with a tree).