Resources: Learning about Latin music | September 6, 2012

Trombonist and educator Steve Turre plays sanctified shells at Smoke in NYC
credit: Alan Nahigian

Two informative, fun and  in-depth resources for learning about Latin music debuted  in 2009:  the interactive exhibit American Sabor  and the PBS series  Latin Music USA.

American Sabor was created by Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP), and is now on the road, traveling to 13 cities through 2015.  It’s currently booked through 2013 to end up at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.  The focus is on how Latinos influenced popular music in the US.  There’s a ton of information on regional Latin music styles, musician’s stories and more at the American Sabor website.

Latin Music USA is a PBS documentary, again with the focus on Latinos’ influence on American music.  There’s a bit more history of the music here, especially in the first two hour-long segments.  You can watch the entire  4 hour program (in bite-size chunks), get reading recommendations and explore musical styles at the Latin Music USA website.  Here’s a preview:


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