Jazz and Clave: Latin Big Bands

Alex Stewart

in Making the Scene

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249530
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940161 | DOI:
Jazz and Clave: Latin Big Bands

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By looking at the careers, lives, and music of Chico O'Farrill and Ray Santos, this chapter enters a jazz world that thrives on hybridity. Latin jazz bands test musicians' mastery of the harmonic and melodic complexities of jazz, as well as the rhythmic matrices of Latin music. While musical and social heterogeneity may rule, divisions arise more from neocolonial political economies and nationalistic impulses than from racial or ethnic background.

Keywords: hybridity; jazz; Chico O'Farrill; Ray Santos; Latin jazz; neocolonial political economies

Chapter.  12920 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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