Jazz 101 – Latin Jazz Now
Written by Emily Morrow 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!