Cubano Be, Cubano Bop: One Hundred Years of Jazz in Cuba

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Based on unprecedented research in Cuba, the direct testimony of scores of Cuban musicians, and the author's unique experience as a prominent jazz musician, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop is destined to take its place among the classics of jazz history. The work pays tribute not only to a distinguished lineage of Cuban jazz musicians and composers, but also to the rich musical exchanges between Cuban and American jazz throughout the twentieth century.

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Overview

Based on unprecedented research in Cuba, the direct testimony of scores of Cuban musicians, and the author's unique experience as a prominent jazz musician, Cubano Be, Cubano Bop is destined to take its place among the classics of jazz history. The work pays tribute not only to a distinguished lineage of Cuban jazz musicians and composers, but also to the rich musical exchanges between Cuban and American jazz throughout the twentieth century.

The work begins with the first encounters between Cuban music and jazz around the turn of the last century. Acosta writes about the presence of Cuban musicians in New Orleans and the “Spanish tinge” in early jazz from the city, the formation and spread of the first jazz ensembles in Cuba, the big bands of the thirties, and the inception of “Latin jazz.” He explores the evolution of Bebop, Feeling, and Mambo in the forties, leading to the explosion of Cubop or Afro-Cuban jazz and the innovations of the legendary musicians and composers Machito, Mario Bauzá, Dizzy Gillespie, and Chano Pozo. The work concludes with a new generation of Cuban jazz artists, including the Grammy award-winning musicians and composers Chucho Valdés and Paquito D’Rivera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588341471
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Books (DC)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonardo Acosta is the author of more than a dozen books on music and literary criticism, as well as fiction and poetry. He lives in Havana, Cuba.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Acknowledgments
1 Cuban Music and Jazz: First Encounters 1
2 The Twenties and the First Jazz Ensembles 16
3 The Big Bands and the Contradictory 1930s 41
4 The Forties: Bebop, Feeling, and Mambo 60
5 The Explosion of Cubop or Afro-Cuban Jazz 91
6 Havana in the 1950s 116
7 End of the Decade: The Club Cubano de Jazz 147
8 Musical Transition: 1959 and After 173
9 Irakere and the Takeoff of Cuban Jazz 211
Postscript 251
Notes 257
Glossary 265
Interviews and Conversations 271
Index 273
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Introduction

D'Rivera, Paquito
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