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Making the SceneContemporary New York City Big Band Jazz$
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Alex Stewart

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249530

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249530.001.0001

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Jazz and Clave: Latin Big Bands

Jazz and Clave: Latin Big Bands

(p.227) Chapter 9 Jazz and Clave: Latin Big Bands
Making the Scene

Alex Stewart

University of California Press

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

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