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Also known as Latin Jazz, Afro-Cuban
Jazz is a combination of Jazz
improvising and highly infectious
rhythms. It can be traced to
trumpeter-arranger Mario Bauza and
percussionist Chano Pozo who had a
significant influence on Dizzy Gillespie
(among others) in the mid 1940s.
Evolving from it's early Bop centered
roots, Afro-Cuban Jazz has become a
true fusion between North, South and
Central America.
Instrumentation can vary
widely but typically centered
around the rhythm section
consisting of conga, timbale,
bongo and other Latin
percussion, with piano, guitar
or vibes and joined often by
horns and vocals. Arturo
Sandoval, Pancho Sanchez
and Chucho Valdes are well
known Afro-Cuban Jazz
artists.
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