CBCA 1275 The Jazz Age in the Caribbean

Most histories of Latin Jazz establish that it began in the 1940s, with the encounter of U.S. bebop musicians (like Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker) with Cuban musicians (like Mario Bauzá and Machito) in New York. Notwithstanding the importance of this musical scenario for the consolidation of Latin Jazz, such narrative does not make justice to the dynamic musical exchanges between U.S. jazz and Latin music throughout the Caribbean since the late 19th century. This course explores these exchanges as well as the vibrant musical scene of the Caribbean during the so-called Jazz Age of the 1920s and 1930s. Thus, from the complex cultural milieu of New Orleans in the 1890s to the cosmopolitanism of Havana in the 1920s and to the AfroCuban Orchestras in New York in the 1940s, the course offers an opportunity to reflect critically about the transnational origins of jazz, how did it sound like beyond the United States, and its significance for Latin American music and culture in the 20th century. 




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