The New School for
Jazz and Contemporary Music

Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra

In 1940, the Afro-Cuban tradition began right here in New York City. Machito and his Afro-Cubans, under the direction of maestro Mario Bauza, fused the harmonic sophistication of jazz with the rhythmic complexity of Afro-Cuban music. The ensemble explores that rich legacy with a repertoire that encompasses the past, present, and future of the genre. The ensemble performs once a month at the Nuyorican Poets Café and every semester in a school concert featuring a renowned guest soloist. High-level reading and solo skills are recommended. Final enrollment is at the discretion of the instructor. 1–2 credits

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