Latin Jazz is a term used loosely, used to coin any combination of Jazz and Latin music. Although it frequently refers to the mix of Afro-Cuban styles with Jazz it can also be used to describe Jazz mixed with Calypso, Bossa Novas and other Latin rhythms. Don’t forget Jazz and Latin both share some African heritage so the blend comes naturally. Do your homework to play comfortably in all these styles and pick up some records.
Some popular drummers pioneering in this area include Antonio Sanchez, Horacio Hernandez and Dafnis Prieto.
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