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Latin Jazz Ensembles

Rhumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha, Afro Cuban 6/8 and more!

The Hartt School Community Division (HCD) will not offer the Latin Jazz Percussion Ensemble during the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  Although this notice of cancellation may bring some disappointment to your family, we are confident that you will enjoy explore the offerings in our new Creative Studies Department. 


HCD is dedicated to enriching lives through innovative and unparalleled performing arts education. Through our Creative Studies Department, we continue to provide outlets for students outside the classical idiom.  This department, under the leadership of Dr. Jessica Rudman, plans to enhance the existing programs such as the Young Composers Project and Musicianship Classes, and aims to launch innovative programming during the 2015-2016 academic year focusing on improvisation in genres such as fiddling and rock.

Latin Jazz for Middle School and High School

Designed for serious middle and high school percussionists, the Latin Jazz Percussion Ensemble gives its members the hands-on opportunity to develop understanding of the many Afro Cuban rhythms heard in Latin Jazz. Ensemble members will work with traditional instruments like conga, bongo, timbale, clave and guiro and learn about the evolution of the drum set and its role in the percussion section. In addition, students will explore concepts of Latin Jazz harmony, voicing, bass function, and improvisation through the study of music for mallet instruments. This ensemble rehearses weekly (24 sessions over the course of the year) and performs music written by masters of the genre, including Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Eddie Palmieri and Hilton Ruiz.

This ensemble is for the serious Middle and High School percussion student seeking to explore Latin Jazz through the study and performance of classic Latin Jazz repertoire. Participants must have at least two years of playing experience.

Latin Jazz for Adults

This program is designed for adults who seek an outlet to study, rehearse, and perform classic jazz and latin jazz repertoire in a relaxed and friendly environment with likeminded friends and neighbors.

Repertoire will include pieces by Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Cal Tjader, and Tito Puente to name a few.

Charts will be tailored to group and individual ability, so adults of all levels will enjoy participating. 

Instrumentalisis of all kinds are encouraged to join including: 

  • All saxes, clarinet
  • Trumpet, Trombone
  • Bass, piano, guitar, and percussion

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