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The Latin Roots of Jazz lecture series (6th of 6)

September 14, 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 6.  Sep 14
Spanish Routes
Latin American rural musical traditions known collectively as Musica Campesina form a great stream of melodic, rhythmic and lyrical resources that inform Latin Jazz and other contemporary American music. The family of string instruments that are the nucleus of this music also remind us of the major African influence in Spain long before those instruments were heard in the New World. Then to bring it full circle, Latin American rhythms and instruments have in turn influenced several decades of contemporary Spanish music resulting in the significant enrichment of centuries-old Spanish traditions. This lecture will be accompanied by a concert of Flamenco-Jazz featuring Spanish pianist Alex Conde and his Cuartet with vocalist Jose Cortés, dancers Melissa Cruz and Fanny Ara, and percussionist John Santos.
SFJAZZ/MoAD/YBGF Members: $15/class or $75/series
Public: $20/class or $100/series
 Piano Flamenco Quartet


September 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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685 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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