Here is the mix of Jewish and Latin in American music. Once you start listening, neither genre “owns” the music, but both are big players. Sometimes you lose yourself and don’t know which theme to follow in the piece.
If you’ve planted your foot of musical listening into either (or both) of these areas, there could be a lot of listening fun for you. Examples of pieces that are up are Xavier Cugat’s “Miami Beach Rhumba,” The Barry Sisters’ “Channah from Havana,” Tito Puente’s “Grossinger’s Cha Cha,” and Mickey Katz’s “My Yiddishe Mambo.” Try a little of the original 50′s music here.
Chuy & Mel will present “Meshuganah” Mambo, or ‘The Catskills meet the Palladium’ Friday afternoon on KCSM to cover the Jewish/Latin music connection in our jazz.