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New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990$
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Benjamin Lapidus

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781496831286

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2021

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496831286.001.0001

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Puerto Rican Engagement With Jazz And Its Effects On Latin Music

Puerto Rican Engagement With Jazz And Its Effects On Latin Music

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(p.197) Chapter 5 Puerto Rican Engagement With Jazz And Its Effects On Latin Music
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New York and the International Sound of Latin Music, 1940-1990
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Benjamin Lapidus

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496831286.003.0005

This chapter explores how Puerto Rican and Nuyorican (New York-born Puerto Rican) musicians in New York City used jazz harmony, arranging, improvisation, and musical aesthetics to broaden the sound of Latin popular music from the postwar period into the 1990s and beyond. It argues that the Puerto Rican connection to jazz was extensive and encompassed a variety of styles and eras. The chapter challenges the debate over salsa's patrimony and development, by demonstrating how particular Puerto Rican musicians in New York City were fluent in jazz and incorporated it into Latin music. Much discourse has unfortunately centered on pitting Puerto Rican against Cuban musicians or looking only at commercial or sociocultural considerations when considering Latin music in New York. Proficiency in both jazz and Latin music allowed Puerto Rican musicians to innovate in ways that did not happen in Puerto Rico or elsewhere. The chapter also explores other themes discussed in the introduction, such as the importance of clave, the impact and extent of music education among Puerto Rican musicians, family lineages, the importance of folklore, and inter-ethnic collaboration.

Keywords:   Nuyorican musicians, Latin music, jazz music, Puerto Rican musicians, clave, Cuban musicians, music education, inter-ethnic collaboration

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