Jazz occupies a relatively small niche in the larger music world, and within that pocket, Latin jazz represents perhaps an even smaller community. This fall, a new exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service looks to change that by bringing Latin jazz to the attention of music fans across the country.
Displaying the treasures and spirit that Latin jazz has to offer, “Latin Jazz: La Combinacion Perfecta” will open to the public at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17 and will run until Jan. 18, 2003. The exhibit will then embark on a four-year, 12-city tour of the U.S. and the Caribbean. The exhibition, which is a bilingual, multimedia experience, will focus on the cultural exchange that resulted in the creation of Latin jazz. The program was put together by an 18-member advisory committee led by Raul Fernandez, a professor of social sciences at the University of California, Irvine, and included music scholars and historians, musicians, record executives, producers and radio broadcasters.