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Latin Jazz

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Latin Jazz Smooth Sounds

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Latin Jazz is ideal for smaller line ups of instrumental music, incorporating the vibe of percussion with the smooth grooves of jazz. It varies from “trad jazz” or “Swing Jazz” as it tends to be driven more by rhythm variations.

Latin Jazz brings to smooth sounds of bossa nova , and the dancing of samba, into a jazz context. A favourite for most jazz guitarists, latin jazz opens new rhythms and grooves to the traditional jazz aficionado.

Latin Jazz is a genre of jazz with Latin American rhythms. Although musicians continually expand its parameters, the term Latin jazz is generally understood to have a more specific meaning than simply jazz from Latin America. Some Latin jazz typically employs rhythms that either have a direct analog in Africa, or exhibit an African influence.



Two main types of latin jazz

Afro-Cuban jazz—jazz rhythmically based on Cuban popular dance music, often with a rhythm section employing ostinato patterns and/or a clave.
Afro-Brazilian jazz—includes bossa nova and jazz samba.


Bossa Nova

Bosa Nova is a hybrid form based on the samba rhythm, but influenced by European and American music from Debussy to US jazz. Bossa nova originated in the 1950s, largely from the efforts of Brazilians Antonio Carlos Jobim and João Gilberto, and American Stan Getz. Its most famous song is arguably “The Girl from Ipanema” sung by Gilberto and his wife, Astrud Gilberto. While the musical style evolved from samba, it is more complex harmonically and less percussive.

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Other Latin bands

Latin sound incorporate the music of Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and many more. Many also add the flamenco influence of Spain to this mix. for more on Latin Music check out our World Music section.