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The Latin Roots of Jazz lecture series (3rd of 6)

August 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Latin American music and musicians have played fundamental and innovative roles in the history and evolution of jazz. Jelly Roll, Louie, Duke and Diz are among the legions of jazz pioneers who acknowledged these facts. The Latin Roots of Jazz is the continuation of John Santos’ evolving yearly series presented by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and SFJAZZ, featuring selections from his legendary collection of audio and video recordings and live musical examples (in weeks one and six only). This year, the series is six weeks. Classes are on Wednesdays, 7:00 to 9:00 from Aug 10th through Sep 14th at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in SF.

Week 3.  Aug 24
Puerto Rican Roots
Puerto Rican musicians on and off the island have played an integral role in the history of Jazz from the very beginning. As Cuba’s sister island, Puerto Rico shares the same colonial history and resistance, forging a symbiotic relationship with Cuba celebrated by poets, dancers, musicians and statesmen. As co-inhabitors of Harlem, New York’s legendary cradle of Jazz, and subsequently the Bronx and beyond, Puerto Ricans were active in the formative years of swing, be-bop and Afro-Cuban Jazz. That seminal role continued in Jazz-influenced styles such as mambo, do-wop and salsa. The Afro-Puerto Rican styles known as bomba and Plena have provided major rhythmic and melodic impetus for Puerto Rican interpreters of Latin Jazz in recent decades.
SFJAZZ/MoAD/YBGF Members: $15/class or $75/series
Public: $20/class or $100/series


August 24, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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685 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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