New Books in the Arts & Sciences:
Celebrating Recent Work by Chris Washburne
Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz
By: Chris Washburne
Jazz has always been a genre built on the blending of disparate musical cultures. Latin jazz illustrates this perhaps better than any other style in this rich tradition, yet its cultural heritage has been all but erased from narratives of jazz history. Told from the perspective of a long-time jazz insider, Latin Jazz: The Other Jazz corrects the record, providing a historical account that embraces the genre's international nature and explores the dynamic interplay of economics, race, ethnicity, and nationalism that shaped it.
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About the Author:
Chris Washburne is Associate Professor of Music at Columbia University and the founder and director of Columbia’s Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program. He has published numerous articles on jazz, Latin jazz, and salsa. As a trombonist, he has toured extensively with various groups and concertized throughout the Europe, the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
About the Speakers:
Miguel Zenón is a multiple Grammy nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow. He is widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.
Kevin Fellezs is Associate Professor of Music, Ethnomusicology & AAADS at Columbia University. His publications include Listen But Don’t Ask Question: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Across the TransPacific and Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion. He has published articles in Jazz Perspectives, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and the Journal of the Society for American Music.
Frances Negron-Muntaner, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. She is the editor of several books, including Puerto Rican Jam: Rethinking Nationalism and Colonialism; None of the Above: Puerto Ricans in the Global Era, and Sovereign Acts. She also directs Columbia University's Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Ana M. Ochoa Gautier is Professor and Chair of the Department of Music, and faculty member at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University. Her recent book, Aurality, Listening and Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century Colombia was awarded the Alan Merriam Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology. She is also the author of Músicas locales en tiempos de globalización and Entre los Deseos y los Derechos: Un Ensayo Crítico sobre Políticas Culturales.