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SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and MOAD to Offer Cuban Son Lecture Series

8-Week Course Will be Taught by John Santos

SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and MOAD will offer “El Son Afro-Cubano,” an eight-week lecture series by five-time Grammy-nominated historian and producer John Santos. The course will delve into the origins, evolution, and relevance of the Cuban Son, one of the most important and influential genres of music and dance in the history of the Americas. Son is described in the course literature as “the quintessential melding of Africa and Spain, with a tumultuous history and unparalleled role in the development of contemporary Latin American music.” The classes will include listening, viewing video footage, discussion and Q&A. This “Discover Jazz” course is available as a series or as individual classes. The schedule is as follows.

August 3 El Son Monte Adentro: Introduction and historical survey

August 10 En La Capital: The Son arrives in Havana

August 17 El Camaleón Musical: The Son colors the musical landscape

August 24 Invasión Cubana: The Son in the U.S. and Europe

August 31 El Son Montuno: 1940s and 50s Havana

September 7 Legados: The legacies of Matamoros, Piñeiro, Arsenio and Benny

September 14 La Salsa de Nueva York: The birth of a genre in New York City

September 21 Cuba Contemporánea: The continuing presence of the Son in Cuba

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