Jazz With a Venezuelan Accent

For decades, Latin Jazz was a shorthand for what was, in essence, Afro-Cuban Jazz. But there is more to Latin Jazz than that. For some time now, musicians throughout Ibero-America have been utilizing jazz to explore and reinterpret their own musical traditions,from flamenco and tamborito to candombe and porro, and in recent years, they have started to be heard. Pianist, composer and bandleader Arturo O’Farrill has been a North American champion of this broader view of Latin jazz. In his own writing and playing, O’Farrill has explored African-rooted music genres of the Americas such as Peruvian festejo, Colombian cumbia, Brazilian choros and Argentine tango.


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