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Koret Discover Jazz Course: Puerto Rican Roots

Koret Discover Jazz Series
Puerto Rican Roots
The Latin Roots of Jazz
6-class series

Wednesday, August 24, 7:00pm
at Museum of the African Diaspora

 
John Santos, Instructor

Koret Discover Jazz Course: Puerto Rican Roots

Koret Discover Jazz Series
Puerto Rican Roots
The Latin Roots of Jazz
6-class series

Wednesday, August 24, 7:00pm
at Museum of the African Diaspora

John Santos, Instructor

Koret Discover Jazz Course: Puerto Rican Roots

John Santos, Instructor

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 residents 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, Bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz. That seminal role is highlighted in jazz-influenced styles such as mambo, doo wop and salsa, and the Afro-Puerto Rican styles known as bomba and plena have also provided major rhythmic and melodic impetus for Puerto Rican interpreters of Latin jazz in recent decades.