When it comes to your jazz jam session, Cuba is a powerhouse. Nationally they have all that we do in modern jazz, plus, they have their own national Cuban and Caribbean cultural heritage ! Cuba has focused on arts and music education, so there is no shortage of developed musical talent.
The jazz jam session activity in Cuba has been practiced to the extent that it has become a genre for them. You can easily tap into this music and talent stream. Just call up posted music sources such as YouTube, and professional-quality talent the likes of Cachao, Julio Guiterrez, Bebo Valdez, Peruchin, and Nino Rivero will come rolling out, along with the fresh talent now on the street. Musicians carrying the theme straight to us in the US have been Tito Puente, Machito, and Mario Bauza.
Dial up your favorite jazz station, KCSM, on Sunday 2/24, 2 – 6 pm. Chuy Varela and Chris Cortez will call up the styles and spin the artists in this vibrant, colorful music practice for you.