Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy

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Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy
Photograph courtesy The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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.


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