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Rumba Club

Rumba Club

Early on in his jazz career, bassist Josh Schwartzman got turned onto the Latin sound while studying at the Creative Music School in New York. The result, in 1986, was his formation of the Rumba Club-an aggregation offering acoustic, improvisational music with a distinctively Latin rhythm. He calls it, in the purest sense, “Latin jazz,” with the emphasis on “jazz.”

Schwartzman’s starting point was his love for acoustic jazz in the Blue Note tradition. “What the band does successfully is retaining the jazz harmony, melody, and solo style, but applying different grooves to it,” he said. “It’s unlike some other types of Latin jazz, like Tito’s music for instance, which is different from jazz harmonies.”

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