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Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble

The acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble is excited to present its final performance of the academic year! In addition to our usual mix of traditional salsa, Latin jazz, Cuban timba and son, we’ve got a few new wrinkles this time around — Puerto Rican plena, a John Coltrane classic, and old school R&B and funk — all with a Latin tinge! The concert includes songs composed or performed by greats such as Los Van Van, Tito Rodriguez, Conjunto Libre, Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, John Coltrane, and Armando Peraza.

Join the ensemble for a very special concert collaboration featuring master percussionist John Santos. A seven-time Grammy nominee, Santos is widely regarded as one of the foremost exponents of Afro-Latin music in the world today, known for his innovative use of traditional forms and instruments in combination with contemporary music. He has earned international recognition as a performer, composer, writer, and educator.

The ensemble presents a unique blend of traditional and contemporary songs spanning the entire scope of the Afro-Latin genre, mixed together in new and exciting ways. The evening includes songs composed or performed by greats such as Celia Cruz, Sonora Ponceña, Issac Delgado, Rubén Blades, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra.  There is something for everyone — American jazz standards, rumba, classic salsa, Cuban timba and Latin jazz — and you will definitely *feel* the rhythm!

The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Murray Low, presents its Spring concert, Talking Drums, featuring special guests Jesús Díaz and Michael Spiro – two of the world’s greatest percussionists – who will showcase the role of percussion throughout the history of Afro-Latin jazz from its African folkloric roots, through the rumba traditions of Latin America, and finally to the ultra-modern Cuban timba and rumba jazz sound. The repertoire will feature Mr.

The Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble presents music from the Americas by such artists as Ray Barretto, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Celia Cruz, Oscar D'León, Carlos Del Puerto, and Yosvany Terry in a blend of styles including Latin jazz, salsa dura, candombe, rumba, son montuno, and bembe.

Join legendary pianist / arranger Oscar Hernández for a special evening of music as he directs and performs with the critically-acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble. Mr. Hernandez has long been considered one of the most prominent composers on the Latin Jazz and Salsa music scene, and he is best known as the leader and producer of the Grammy-winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra. His contributions to the genre span five decades including collaborations with Ruben Blades, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, Ray Baretto, and Gloria Estefan. The repertoire features pieces that Mr.

The acclaimed Stanford Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Murray Low, presents its Fall concert. The program will consist of a unique blend of traditional and contemporary songs spanning the entire scope of the Afro-Latin genre, mixed together in new and exciting ways.  The repertoire includes songs composed or performed by greats such as John Coltrane, Chucho Valdés, Sonora Ponceña, Felix Chappotin, and John Calloway.

Murray Low

Held previous teaching positions at University of California Berkeley and the Jazzschool in Berkeley. Guest lecturer at Stanford, San José State, Cal State Monterey Bay, University of Wisconsin/Madison, Cal State Sonoma, Jazzcamp West, and the Monterey Jazz Youth Program. Twenty-six years of perfomance, teaching, composing and arranging experience. Grammy nomination in Latin Jazz category with Macheté Ensemble 2003. Multiple appearances at major jazz festivals such Monterey, Concord, Stanford, San Francisco, San José, Big Sur, Mt.

The Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble presents a special evening of music that traces the path of Latin music from West Africa, through Central and South America and into the United States. The program includes pieces from the religious folkloric traditions of Santeríaand Candomblé, the traditional forms of the Danzón and Son Montuno, and finally Latin-tinged renditions of R&B, Funk, Rock, and Bebop from artists such as Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Dizzy Gillespie, and the Eagles.

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