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Jazz Ensembles celebrate Latin Jazz

November 13, 2013

Colorado State University presents a concert celebrating the tradition and innovation of Big Band Latin Jazz.

The music of jazz musician Paquito D'Rivera is part of the Jazz Ensemble's repertoire for their Nov. 19 concert.Tuesday, November 19
7 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts
1400 Remington Street


  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (under 18)
  • $12/public

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) ticket office in the UCA lobby, by phone at 970-491-ARTS (2787) or online.

Youth tickets must be purchased in person at the Ticket Office. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

From Brazil to the Caribbean

Throughout the history of jazz, Latin music has been a prevalent influence. From early New Orleans jazz to the contemporary versions heard today, jazz has encompassed Latin music influences from Brazil to the Caribbean. It is a music to which this concert aims to pay respect.

“We’ve never done a whole concert that was just Latin jazz music,” said director of jazz bands and jazz studies Peter Sommer. “We thought it would be fun to give it a try.”

Director of jazz bands and jazz studies at Colorado State, Peter Sommer.

Music of Latin jazz legends

The concert features the music of Latin jazz legends Tito Puente, Perez Prado, and Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as current artists Danilo Perez, Michele Camilo, and Paquito D’Rivera. The works from all these talented composers pose quite a challenge to perform, but it is something that Sommer and the ensemble welcome with open arms.

“[Latin jazz] certainly has rhythmic challenges,” Sommer said. “It uses a different rhythmic language and vocabulary and it is as technically demanding as anything we’ve ever done. The underlying engine of Latin jazz creates a different sense of orientation, but over time with rehearsal, you get used to that rhythmic language.”

High energy, start to finish

Featuring music from classic Latin genres like Salsa, Bolero, and Mamba, this concert will be unique in providing high-energy music from start to finish.

“There is a strong emphasis on dance rhythms,” Sommer said. “This music is ultimately dance music on some level. It is extremely high energy.”

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Contact: Carrie Care
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