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All Instruments: Latin Jazz Ensemble

All Instruments: Latin Jazz Ensemble
Latin Jazz Group
  • Available:  September 27, 2023 - May 8, 2024
  • Days:  Wednesday
  • Time:  8:00-9:00 pm
  • Duration:  60 minutes
  • Instructor:  Ruben Vazquez
  • Discipline:  Bass Guitar, Drum Set, Brass, Trombone, Trumpet, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Double Bass, Voice, Flute, Saxophone
  • Course Type:  Small Ensembles
  • Student Type:  Adults
  • Difficulty:  Intermediate, Advanced

Course Description

Connect with the joyful and challenging rhythms of a variety of Latin jazz styles hands on in a rewarding, group-focused environment!

Various instruments welcome including bass guitar, drum set, brass, trombone, trumpet, guitar, percussion, piano, double bass, voice, flute, and saxophone.
Led by Ruben Vazquez, this class offers a comprehensive exploration of everything from cha-cha, salsa, and bolero to Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz, putting students' improvisational skills to the test. The lively tempos and romantic pacing are complemented by a study of the basic vocabulary of jazz theory, harmony, melody, rhythm, and notation. Each class begins with group work on pieces rehearsed in the previous session, then each instrument has the opportunity to perform a solo while the rest of the class provides a solid melodic base via comping. At the end of the semester, students perform in a public concert, showcasing the pieces and new skills they have learned.

Prerequisite: Some experience and understanding of jazz and Latin jazz. Students must be able to read music to a minimum of RCM Level 5. Percussion players must understand and be able to perform Latin jazz rhythms. Having the capacity or the skill to improvise would be helpful, but is not required. This class is open to piano, bass guitar, percussion, brass, and saxophone players. Other instruments may be permitted; please contact the instructor.

Latin Jazz Ensemble

Winter Term


January 31-May 8, 2024
Instructor: Ruben Vazquez
Submit Demo

NOTE: New students must submit a demo for placement purposes. If you are interested in joining classes already in progress, please contact instructor Ruben Vazquez at [email protected].