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Genres & Songs: Latin Jazz

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Dizzy Gillespie and Chano PozoMantecaThe story behind this song is part of Latin Jazz lore: Cuban conguero (conga player) Chano Pozo sang the parts to bandleader and trumpet great Dizzy Gillespie, who wrote them down, and added another section. Together the two created one of the most identifiable, and one of the earliest, Latin Jazz songs.
Cal TjaderSoul Sauce (Guachi Guara)As perhaps the best-known non-Latino Latin bandleader, Tjader bridged the worlds of Jazz and Latin music. As he lived in San Francisco, he also influenced the Latin Rock movement of the late 1960s and early 70s. This cover of a Gillespie-Pozo tune was the hit title track from one of his most memorable albums.
Poncho Sanchez "Watermelon ManConguero Poncho Sanchez continues the tradition of the West Coast Latin Jazz scene with this live performance from 1999, covering Herbie Hancock's classic "Watermelon Man", a hit in 1963 for conguero Mongo Santamaría.
Stan Getz and Joao GilbertoThe Girl from IpanemaBrazilian music has also influenced Jazz, especially 60s Bossa Nova. This composition, one of the most ubiquitous songs in (and out) of Jazz, was a collaboration by American saxophonist Stan Getz and two Brazilian masters: composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist João Gilberto.

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