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Delilah Jackson thoughts, Zon del Barrio

Ron Scott | 3/18/2013, 12:34 p.m.

Flores, who was a serious activist, became the first Latina editor of Latin New York magazine in 1974 and later became the first female music correspondent for Billboard magazine in 1976. At this time, she started singing in the bands of Cortijo & Maelo y sus Cachimbos, as well as a few local groups.

Flores organized her own septet in tribute to the music of Rafael Cortijo and Ismael Rivera called Zon del Barrio. It featured some of her own original compositions while showcasing the vocal talents of "Papote," a young sonero from the Lower East Side who, while living in a hip- hop world, has embraced the polyrhythms of his Afro-Boricua ancestry.

For more information on this event, call 212-243-4940 or check the website at www.sobs.com.

This month, check out New Brunswick Jazz Project's "Women in Jazz" live music series at various venues in New Jersey through March 28. On March 14, the Shamie Royston Quartet, featuring pianist Shamie Royston, Yasushi Nakumura on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. They will be performing at Makeda (338 George St., New Brunswick) at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

On March 19, vocalist Patrice Jegou will perform with keyboardist Mike Bond, guitarist Peter Park, bassist Mike Noordzy and drummer Gusten Rudolph. Show is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. with a jam session at 9:30 p.m. at Tumulty's Pub (361 George St., New Brunswick).

On March 20, catch the Najwa Parkins and the After Hours Trio + One, featuring vocalist Parkins with tenor saxophonist Tal Shtuhl, guitarist Dan Hanrahan and bassist Justin Sekekewski at the Hyatt Hotel (2 Albany St., New Brunswick).

The Sylvia Cuenca Quartet will play on March 28 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. with saxophonist Tim Ries, keyboardist Ron Oswanski, bassist Essiet Essiet and Clark Terry's favorite drummer, Sylvia Cuena.

For a complete schedule, visit the website at NBJP.org.