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Koret Discover Jazz Series: The Latin Roots of Jazz

August 31, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| $15-$100

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Latin American music and musicians have played fundamental and innovative roles in the history and evolution of jazz. Jelly Roll, Louie, Duke and Diz are among the legions of jazz pioneers who acknowledged these facts. The Latin Roots of Jazz is the continuation of John Santos’ ongoing yearly series presented by the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, the Museum of the African Diaspora, and SFJAZZ, featuring live musical examples (in weeks one and six) in addition to selections from his legendary collection of audio and video recordings.

Brazil is a world of music unto itself. The natural affinity of Brazilian music with Jazz has yielded beautiful results and historic collaborations. Historically, Choro and Samba have much in common with Jazz in terms of urban, Afro-Euro influence. Brazilian regional forms have produced some of the most beautiful music of the last half century, always pushing and challenging the parameters of what might be defined as Jazz. Some of the artists that we will listen to and discuss are Joao Gilberto, Elis Regina, Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Flora Purim, Djavan, Baden Powell, Maria Bethania, Sergio Mendes, Joao Bosco, Fundo de Quintal, Roberta Sa, Jovino Santos Neto, Ricardo Peixoto and Claudia Villela.

Multi-Grammy nominee, John Santos is an internationally-recognized educator, bandleader and percussionist. He was a Latin Jazz Advisor to the Smithsonian, SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director (2013 & 2014), and is current faculty at the California Jazz Conservatory (Berkeley) and the College of San Mateo.
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