A New Generation of Latin Jazz Artists Steps to the Stage | KQED Arts

submitted by KQED Arts on 09/17/15 1

The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco was founded with a simple but ambitious mission: to preserve the traditions of Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban music by teaching it to young musicians, who can then become role models for future aspiring artists. Now in its fourteenth year, the ensemble has been home to over 120 young Bay Area musicians, developing a love for the music and joining a community of elder players who’ve helped shaped it. The group has opened for greats such as Poncho Sanchez and the Cuban bassist Israel "Cachao" López, jammed with the likes of pianist Chuchito Valdés, and recorded three albums -- including Con Mis Manos, released earlier this year, which includes student musicians playing alongside notable guests including Louie Romero, John Santos, and Jerry Gonzalez. For more visit: ww2.kqed.org/arts/2015/09/10/a-new-generation-of-latin-jazz-artists/ Hit that SUBSCRIBE button! www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=kqedart Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/kqedarts Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/KQEDarts

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