Today in Cuban Music: Afro-Cuban Jazz Project

Every Saturday at 5 p.m. at Hancock Park, you can enjoy incredible performances  as part of the LACMA’s Latin Sounds series.

Last weekend, tumbao and salsa enthusiasts were treated to a performance of the L.A.-based Afro-Cuban Jazz Project.

The band is a who’s who of some of Cuba’s greatest jazz and dance bands. Founded by its former leader, the late, great world-class Cuban percussionist Long John Oliva, the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project, KJazz Latin Jazz Artists of the Year, recorded Lucumi in 2001, which, according to Nelson Rodriguez of Latin Beat Magazine, is considered to be in the top 100 Latin jazz recordings of all time. In 2013, they recorded Conga Buena, which included the chart-topping salsa single Tamayo Tumbao.

Listen to Afro-Cuban Jazz Project: Download music by the Afro-Cuban Jazz Project on Amazon and iTunes, or listen on Pandora and Spotify.

Latin Sounds Series: Begun in 2006, Latin Sounds presents world-renowned artists playing the latest sounds from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Click here for upcoming concerts.


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