There is Latin Jazz in NYC at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, 92nd Street Y, World Music Institute; at jazz clubs like Dizzy’s Club, Blue Note and Terraza 7; and at Winter JazzFest and the Blue Note Jazz Festival.
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Jazz Festivals with Latin Jazz in NYC
Jazz is the truest form of democracy ever invented. You don’t have to participate, but if you do, you are expected both to play along with the theme and to show your stuff around the theme. If you can’t contribute in a good way, just sit and listen.
January 9-18, 2020 BROOKLYN Marathon Friday, January 17, 2020 MANHATTAN Marathon Friday-Saturday January 9-10, 2020 Concerts and marathons for jazz lovers and APAP booking agents
Birdland Hell’s Kitchen Tuesday – Sunday July 10 – 15, 2018
June 1-30, 2019 GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ Latin jazz greats play one of the great jazz clubs and around town
Jazz Clubs with Latin Jazz in NYC
The jazz clubs on 52nd St are long gone and Birdland is in a new space in a new neighborhood. But the Village Vanguard and Minton’s Playhouse are still the original rooms. Le Poisson Rouge is in the old Village Gate and Zinc Bar is in the old Cinderella club.
Nightly HELL’S KITCHEN, NYC – The original club, “the jazz corner of the world,” was one of the places where Latin and Jazz got together. It still is on Sunday nights.
Thursday-Sunday HARLEM, NYC – A jazz cellar bar at the Red Rooster, Marcus Samuelsson’s famous restaurant in Harlem.
Nightly GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC – An old-school underground Greenwich Village jazz club in the legendary Cinderella Club space.
Nightly ELMHURST, Queens ~ A former doctor built this really unique Latin jazz club to feel like home in Latin America
GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC One of New York’s legendary jazz clubs ~ ¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
COLUMBUS CIRCLE, NYC Jazz supper club overlooking Central park swings nightly at Jazz at Lincoln Center ~ ¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
Tuesday-Saturday TRIBECA, NYC ~ A retro French cellar jazz bar
1160 Broadway at 27th St NoMad, Manhattan
178 Seventh Ave South between 11th & Perry St West Village Closed on Mondays
Nightly HARLEM, NYC ~ It opened in 1938 and in the 1940s Dizzy, Bird, Thelonious and friends created bebop here
NOMAD, Nightly ~ One of New York’s great jazz rooms
Latin Jazz New Yorkers
We are not sure where to draw the line here. Flamenco? Bossa Nova? Broadway? Salsa? Celia Cruz is the “Queen of Salsa.” In Havana she sounds more naturally rumba, but later in New York she sounds very jazzy. Anyway, we are trying.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2020 🇵🇷 🇺🇸 SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico December 30, 1976
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 CHERAW, South Carolina ~ October 21, 1917
Friday, March 19, 2021 🇧🇷 🇺🇸 São Paulo, Brazil March 19, 1960 -Original SponsorJazz at Lincoln Center
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 🇨🇺 🇺🇸 MEXICO CITY, Mexico June 22, 1960
Friday, August 14, 2020 at 8pm JOE’S PUB YOUTUBE FREE
Sunday, August 16, 2020 at 4pm LIVE STREAM
Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 6pm WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE ZOOM FREE with rsvp
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 HARLEM, NYC: April 20, 1923
Part 1, June 30, 2020 Part 2, July 7, 2020 Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) YouTube & Facebook channels FREE
Thursday, March 19 & 26, 2020 GINNY’S RED ROOSTER Harlem, NYC
March 14, 2020 ZINC BAR Greenwich Village, NYC
March 8, 2020 BERGEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Englewood, New Jersey – The Italian-American trumpeter is the best-selling American instrumental artist
Saturday, March 7, 2020 ZINC BAR Greenwich Village, NYC
Thursday, March 11, 2021 MAR DE PLATA, Argentina – The Argentine tango composer and father of “tango nuevo” (tango jazz), who got his first bandoneon in New York City, was born on March 11, 1921.
December 26-31, 2019 DIZZY’S CLUB JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER Columbus Circle, NYC Ring in the New Year with NYC’s most important Latin Jazz artist (Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra) -¡New York Latin Culture Sponsor!
Thanksgiving Thursday, November 28, 2019 HARLEM, NYC ~ The Cuban jazz pianist and composer puts New York, Cuba and Nigeria in his music at the historic Minton’s Playhouse where bebop was born
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Live music Cuban jazz Blue Note Jazz Festival GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ One of Dizzy’s legacy bands plays Gillespie’s Latin hits like ‘Manteca’ and ‘Tin Tin Deo’
Saturday, March 23, 2019 HARLEM, NYC ~ The Curtis Brothers map the rhythms of the slave trade. Circa ’95 raps in Spanglish about what happened once we landed in El Barrio. For the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) and Carnegie Hall’s Migrations: the Making of America festival. At Harlem Stage
BELMONT, THE BRONX, Sun, Jan 27, 2019 ~ The jazz composer of the African diaspora joins Mary Ann Sweeney & Bronx Arts Ensemble to play one of the jazz greats, Charles Mingus. African Cuban jazz live music. FREE
Friday, October 12, 2018 ~ Schimmel Center PACE University Financial District, Manhattan ~ The former Puerto Rican MLB All-Star Yankee center fielder is a great Latin Grammy-nominated jazz and rock musician too.
The Cuban Classical and Jazz sax legend blows the happiest horn on the planet. Blue Note Jazz Festival Blue Note Greenwich Village, Manhattan Tuesday – Sunday June 12 – 17, 2018
The great Jazz pianist opens Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y with a night of unforgettable Swing-era hits. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8pm
Relive all the romance and glamour of the 1940s through Swing, Jazz, and Ballroom music from around the world. Fleur Seule plays Midsummer Night Swing at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park Wed, June 29, 2016.
Latin Jazz Artists of the World
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana
Sunday, March 29, 2020 WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE LE POISSON ROUGE Greenwich Village, NYC – An entertaining blend of flamenco, jazz and rock that is part of the Nuevo Flamenco movement out of Barcelona, Spain. -Sponsored byWorld Music Institute
Sunday, January 26, 2020 62nd GRAMMY AWARDS Los Angeles, California The Grammy-winning trumpeter’s “Crucible for Crisis” was nominated for Best Instrumental Composition and “The Omni-American Book Club” won Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album
Wed-Sun, December 4-8, 2019 GREENWICH VILLAGE, NYC ~ The jazz legend of Irakere, Dizzy Gillespie and Danzón plays the Blue Note
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 Live music Indigenous Chilean jazz LINCOLN CENTER ~ Ancestral Chilean rhythms, cueca (Chilean national dance) and traditional jazz. FREE
HUDSON SQUARE; Mon, Jan 7, 2019; Brazilian bossa nova jazz live music ~ A tribute to 60 years of bossa nova by a powerful blues and jazz singer with a band of great guest artists
Thursday-Saturday, March 22-24, 2018 FLAMENCO FESTIVAL DIZZY’S CLUB JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER Columbus Circle, NYC One of the great flamenco pianists plays a concert of “Flamenco Meets Jazz.” -Sponsored by¡Jazz at Lincoln Center!
Roulette Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Thursday, March 22, 2018
One of Brazil’s great romantic bossa nova singers Blue Note Jazz Club Greenwich Village, Manhattan June 6 – 8, 2016
The Spanish Tinge
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Wynton Marsalis will tell you that jazz is from New Orleans, and it is, but jazz is Latin from its very beginnings. Jelly Roll Morton didn’t invent jazz, but he was the first to write it down. Jelly Roll famously said, “Now in one of my earliest tunes, “New Orleans Blues,” you can notice the Spanish tinge. In fact, if you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz.” In those days Cuba was still Spanish.
Now in one of my earliest tunes, “New Orleans Blues,” you can notice the Spanish tinge. In fact, if you can’t manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz.” In those days Cuba was still Spanish.”Jelly Roll Morton explaining the “Spanish Tinge” on his 1938 Library of Congress recordings for renowned folk music historian Alan Lomax.
Jelly Roll’s “Spanish tinge” was the habanera or Cuban contradanza. The habanera was the way people danced the French contredanse in Havana. It’s a contraction of “Habana manera,” the Havana way. Running words together is very French and Creole. That’s the beginning of rap. There are French Creole footprints all over the Caribbean.
Contredanse is the French version of the English country dance which was the world’s first international social dance. Some of that tinge also came from the diaspora out of French Saint-Domingue which is now Haiti.
Until 1903, New Orleans was French, but it’s a Caribbean city and the ferry ran twice a day to Havana. Out of the earlier Place Congo (Congo Square) in New Orleans, jazz grew into many beautiful things, but its root is African and French through the Spanish Caribbean.
When James Reese Europe and his 15th New York National Guard Regiment marching band (better known as the Harlem Hellfighters) played “La Marseillaise,” the French national anthem, across France in 1918 during World War I, the French immediately loved it. Without realizing it, they were hearing the distant echo of the French contredanse and the West Africans they brought once upon a time to the Caribbean.
Straight ahead jazz reconnected with its Latin jazz roots in 1947 when Dizzy Gillespie asked Mario Bauza, the arranger for Machito and his Afro-Cubans, for a percussionist. Bauza introduced Chano Pozo to Dizzy and we got “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo.” Now you don’t think twice about hearing Latin percussion in a jazz band, but it was Dizzy who brought it back in.
“It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing” (Duke Ellington, 1931) and the root of that swing is the “Spanish Tinge.”