Jazz 101 – Latin Jazz Now

Written by on September 13, 2021

Latin Jazz Now and Then is an eight-week virtual course that introduces the rich musical genre of Latin Jazz. This course will develop students’ listening skills regarding how the music is crafted, how it has evolved, and the artists that have shaped this art form. Above all, the course will mean listening to a wealth of hot music—from new friends and old favorites alike.


Every Tuesday from Sept. 28 – Nov. 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. via ZOOM

WEEK I: Introduction / Overview

WEEK II: Mambo, especially MACHITO and his Afro Cubans

WEEK III: Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie

WEEK IV: The Mainstreaming of Latin Jazz: Tito Puente, Cal Tjader and the Sixties

WEEK V: The Salsa Tsunami: Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ruben Bládes, Fania All-Stars

WEEK VI: Irakere’s unique hardstyle of Latin Fusion, and the Mariel arrivals

WEEK VII: Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band: the birth of the modern sound           

WEEK VIII: Latin Jazz Now®:  Who’s hot in 2021

As with all jazz education courses at WICN, there will be no tests, no homework, no papers or presentations.  Your questions are always welcome, and the course is designed to start from scratch. No musical skill is required—just an open mind and ears.  The course is suitable for all ages! 

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