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Improvising in Clave: Soloing Over Afro-Cuban Grooves

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  • Soloing over Afro-Cuban grooves offers you the potential of improvising not only over the chord changes but also targeting the rhythmic style of the piece. We'll explore some of the most common Afro-Cuban grooves to arise in band and combo charts and how best to bring out the authentic sounds of these styles within your solo. A student rhythm section and several horns will demonstrate.
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  • 12/16/2016 02:45 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Meeting Room W192
  • Michael was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” for his “Afro-Latin Ellington Suite.” Michael has composed and arranged music for the films “Bossa Nova” and “Chico and Rita,” which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012. His ballet “Beneath the Mask” was performed by Jon Faddis and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra with the Deeply Rooted Dance Company and his ballet, La Cova do Rey Cintolo was premiered in 2010 in Mondoñedo, Spain. Michael is Director of Jazz Studies at Queens College/CUNY and is sponsored by Hal Leonard Corp.