The Spirit of the Drum

6-class series
Wednesdays, August 7 - September 11, 7PM-9PM
Museum of the African Diaspora, SF
Non-Members: $20 per class; $120 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $15 per class; $90 full course
John Santos, Instructor


Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

True to African tradition, the drum is still the heartbeat of many working class communities in the African diaspora. In this series, we will enter these communities through video clips, photos and rare recordings, as well as take an up-close look at several of the rhythmic instruments used in diverse drumming traditions found in the Americas. We'll also discuss the commonalities, connections and differences between regional forms and how these threatened art forms are the expressive voices of resistance as they have been since colonial times. These are not hands-on, playing classes although some demonstration of rhythms and instruments will be included. Some of the drumming traditions into which we will delve are Abakuá, Arará, Iyesá, Candomblé, Vodún, Batá, Bomba, Samba, Rumba, Cajon Cubano & Peruano, Conga de Comparsa, Palo, Yuka, Makuta, Plena, Bembé, Guiro, Cumbia, Merengue, Quitiplás, Tumba Francesa, and Candombe.

Co-presented by SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival & MoAD.

Brazilian Bloco Afro Workshop: CANCELLED

World Drum Extravaganza
Brazilian Bloco Afro Workshop
with Wagner Santos

Sunday, August 4, 4:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Brazilian Bloco Afro Workshop

Caribbean Sensibility for Drummers w/ Josh Jones

World Drum Extravaganza
Caribbean Sensibility
for Drummers with Josh Jones

Sunday, August 4, 1:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Josh Jones

Uruguayan Candombe w/ Edgardo Cambón

World Drum Extravaganza
Uruguayan Candombe
with Edgardo Cambón

Saturday, August 3, 5:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Edgardo Cambón

Rumba Cubana w/ Sandy Pérez, Carlitos Medrano & Erick Barberia

World Drum Extravaganza
Rumba Cubana
with Sandy Pérez, Carlitos Medrano & Erick Barberia

Saturday, August 3, 12:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Carlitos Medrano

Rumba Cubana w/ Sandy Pérez, Carlitos Medrano & Erick Barberia

World Drum Extravaganza
Rumba Cubana
with Sandy Pérez, Carlitos Medrano & Erick Barberia

Saturday, August 3, 12:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Erick Barberia
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