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Jazz has always been a genre built on the blending of disparate musical cultures. Latin jazz illustrates this perhaps better than any other style in this rich tradition, yet its cultural heritage has been all but erased from narratives of jazz history. Told from the perspective of a long-time jazz insider, Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz corrects the record, providing a historical account that embraces the genre's international nature and explores the dynamic interplay of economics, race, ethnicity, and nationalism that shaped it.
About the Author
Christopher Washburne is Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University and the Founder and Director of Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. As a trombonist, he has performed on over 150 recordings and leads his own SYOTOS Latin jazz band and the Rags and Roots jazz band.