In addition to his dance and music career, El bailarin was the Director of an annual prestigious event for Calgary, previously called the” Latin Jazz Festival”, now under a new name and purpose called the “Music Project” Concert featuring original live Latin music performances. The “Music Project” Concert incorporates the roots of Mambo, Rumba, Cha-cha-cha, Son Montuno, and Danzón which were created and composed in Cuba. Back then, these rhythms were introduced to Americans and they were well studied and embraced in many parts of the world. Cuba is known for its integral contribution to the world of music and the arts.
The history of Latin Jazz and Salsa
The history of Latin-Jazz began when it was born back when traditional folkloric Cuban rhythms were mixed with Jazz. At that moment in time, the genre was known as “Cu-Bop” and assumed the nick name “Afro-Cuban-Jazz”. This occurred when Cubans began to immigrate to America and Americans began to visit Cuba. As this rhythm became more popular, other Latin musicians began to play this music in the United States and it is at this point when the old genre changed to the name “Latin-Jazz”.
“El bailarin” was also the Director of two production bands of professional musicians called the “LITTLE HABANA BAND” & “APPLE BLOSSOM BAND” project that played as a trio, quartet, and quintet up to 11 peace and incorporates additional band members when invited to perform for venues and events, such as corporate functions, weddings, private parties, theatre productions and festivals. They enjoyed playing all types of Latin music such as, Urban, Jazz, Charleston, swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, Afro-Cuban, Son, Boleros, Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Mambo, Rumba and Descargas. The band members originated from different parts of the world and and took the opportunity to import their “Latin Culture” into Canada.