Discover Jazz

with John Santos

Wednesdays, Aug 7 - Sep 11, 2013

Discover Jazz with John Santos

The Spirit of the Drum

6-class series
Wednesdays, August 7 - September 11, 7PM-9PM
Museum of the African Diaspora, SF
Non-Members: $20 per class; $120 full course
SFJAZZ Members: $15 per class; $90 full course
John Santos, Instructor


Jazz history, live performance, classic audio and exciting video make Discover Jazz the most distinctive jazz appreciation course available for adults.

True to African tradition, the drum is still the heartbeat of many working class communities in the African diaspora. In this series, we will enter these communities through video clips, photos and rare recordings, as well as take an up-close look at several of the rhythmic instruments used in diverse drumming traditions found in the Americas. We'll also discuss the commonalities, connections and differences between regional forms and how these threatened art forms are the expressive voices of resistance as they have been since colonial times. These are not hands-on, playing classes although some demonstration of rhythms and instruments will be included. Some of the drumming traditions into which we will delve are Abakuá, Arará, Iyesá, Candomblé, Vodún, Batá, Bomba, Samba, Rumba, Cajon Cubano & Peruano, Conga de Comparsa, Palo, Yuka, Makuta, Plena, Bembé, Guiro, Cumbia, Merengue, Quitiplás, Tumba Francesa, and Candombe.

Co-presented by SFJAZZ, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival & MoAD.