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On The Corner Masthead

A CLOSER LOOK AT
GREAT AMERICAS SONGBOOK

July 10, 2017 | by Rusty Aceves

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

One of the major themes that mark each year’s SFJAZZ Summer Sessions is the multi-week curated series of performances called “Great Americas Songbook.” A riff on “Great American Songbook,” the oft-used description of the canon of American popular songs originating the early 20th century, “Great Americas Songbook” takes the concept of the American song tradition and applies it to the entirety of the geographical region called “the Americas,” encompassing North, Central, and South America as well as their associated islands and territories. Past years have focused on specific countries including Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and the U.S., and this year features a week of music spanning American popular song from the rural South to New York City, and a week-long tour of the Caribbean Basin with artists hailing from Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Columbia, in addition to music from Brazil and Argentina.

Week 1 – Great American Songbook (7/13-16) lineup includes:

Week 2 – Caribbean Basin Songbook (7/20-23) lineup includes: