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Jazz Caliente: Latin Jazz and Jazz Education

A boy takes a break from his drum lessons at the Danilo Perez Foundation music school in Panama City, 2012
AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco
A boy takes a break from his drum lessons at the Danilo Perez Foundation music school in Panama City, 2012

Musicians have always passed along their knowledge and experience to the next generation.  For some, taking on students is just an additional revenue stream.  But for many others, teaching is a serious mission. 

We'll hear from a couple of the most dedicated Latin Jazz professors this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente:Rebeca Mauléon has a huge portfolio as a musician, bandleader, composer, producer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She's the author of two essential books on the forms and instrumentation of Latin Jazz and Salsa.  She's a professor of Latin American/Afro-Caribbean music as well as jazz/Latin  jazz piano and composition at City College of San Francisco.  Rebeca has also been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley and Mills College.  Most recently, she's done wonderful things as the Director of Education at SFJAZZ


Panamanian pianist, composer, educator and social activist Danilo Pérez wasjust announced as a co-leader of GAIA, the Global Association for Interconnective Arts.  GAIA is a collaboration of five well-known music programs from around the world:  Berklee's Global Jazz Institute in Boston, The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School in New York, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, and the Siena (Italy) Jazz Academy.  The stated intent of this group is to implement new ways of educating young musicians.  How Danilo will make time for this additional responsibility on top of his other on-going projects is a mystery to me, but it seems like a natural fit for him.

Listen for Danilo Pérez's version of John Coltrane's "Impressions" and for Rebeca Mauléon's "Songo-Changüí" this week on Saturday Jazz Caliente!

Jazz Caliente airs Saturdays at 5:00 p.m.  The show is hosted by Robin Lloyd and produced by KNKX Public Radio.

Originally from Detroit, Robin Lloyd has been presenting jazz, blues and Latin jazz on public radio for nearly 40 years. She's a member of the Jazz Education Network and the Jazz Journalists Association.