Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy

Photograph courtesy The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Bruno Walter Auditorium , Upper West Side Thursday April 18 2013 18:00
The umbrella term “Latin jazz” doesn’t really do justice to the multifaceted genre, especially when it canopies roughly 70 years of Afro-Cuban rhythms, South American samba and distinctly American swing, to name a few key flavors. As ethnomusicologist and speaker Dr. Peter Manuel will illustrate, few New York luminaries have personified Latin music’s diversity like Grammy Award–winning Afro-Cuban musician Francisco “Machito” Grillo, whom Manuel refers to as a pioneer of big-band dance music. Manuel will introduce and discuss Carlos Ortiz’s 1987 documentary, Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy. The hour-long film doesn’t merely relay Grillo’s personal story, it uses his life and music as an analog for Cuban-Americans’ migratory journey.
Venue name: Bruno Walter Auditorium
Address: 111 Amsterdam Ave
New York

Cross street: between 64th and 65th Sts
Transport: Subway: 1 to 66th St–Lincoln Ctr