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Afro-Latin Jazz

Offerings Education Main 6
  • Culture | Latin America
  • Format | Workshop, School Assembly, Cultural Field Trip, After School Program, Community Event
  • Discipline | Music
  • Level | Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

Students discover the many styles of Latin music, including (among others) salsa, meringue, mambo, rhumba, and cha cha. After exploring the historical, cultural, and artistic significance of Latin music, students learn and perform polyrhythms by participating in an Afro-Latin Jazz jam with professional musicians.


Edward Perez

Edward Perez started piano and bass at an early age and by 13 he was a member of the Symphony Orchestra in his home town in Southern Texas. Mr. Perez lived in Lima, Peru for two years, where he was immersed in the diversity of Afro-Latin musical styles. He has toured throughout Europe, South America, Japan, as well as continuing to tour and perform as a bandleader in New York. He is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and Harvard University.

Pablo Bilbraut

Pablo Bilbraut was born in Arroya, Puerto Rico and began playing music at a young age. He has also recorded several albums with the Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, including The Offense of the Drum, which won a GRAMMY Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2015. He is a highly sought-after Latin percussionist, performing in New York and abroad with jazz artists such as Wynton Marsalis, Ray Barretto, and Dave Valentin.

Ricardo Rodriguez

Ricardo Rodriguez is a bass player and composer. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, he received a Bachelor of Music in classical bass at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. There he had the opportunity to perform with some of the giants in Latin Jazz today, including Giovanni Hidalgo, Jerry Gonzalez, Chuchito Valdez, Erick Figueroa, and Miguel Zenon, Visoso. Ricardo Rodriguez has recorded albums with R.I.P Alvin Batiste (Marsalis Music Honor Series), Ricardo Pons, and Causa Comun (Segunda Piel), among others.