Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz

ISBN : 9780197510841

Christopher Washburne
216 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2020
Currents in Latin American & Iberian Music
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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.


Introduction: The Other Jazz
Chapter 1: Why call it Latin Jazz? Afro-Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban Jazz, Cubop, Caribbean Jazz, Jazz Latin, or just... Jazz: the politics of naming an intercultural music
Chapter 2: Caribbean and Latin American Reverberations and the First Birth of Latin Jazz: New Orleans and the Spanish Tinge
Chapter 3: The Second Birth of Latin Jazz: Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington Do the Rumba
Chapter 4: El Tema del Apollo: Latin American and Caribbean music in Harlem
Chapter 5: The Othering of Latin Jazz
Chapter 6: More Cowbell: Latin Jazz in the 21st Century

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.

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