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Episode 5 - Oscar Hernandez, 2018 Commission: A Monterey Encounter


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Episode 5

There have been many pieces written for the Monterey Jazz Festival over the years, but Monterey Encounter (A Latin Jazz Suite for Flute) is the first Salsa commission in the MJF's history. Written by composer and pianist Oscar Hernandez, it was debuted by his Grammy winning Spanish Harlem Orchestra with special guest Hubert Laws. This vivid music, born out of the merging of Cuban, Puerto Rican and New York City Latin communities in the 20th century, has become a touchstone for how cultures can absorb, change and grow traditional sounds.

Check out Episode 5 of Evolution of a Groove for a behind-the-scenes conversation between Artistic Director Tim Jackson and one of the most gift pianists/arrangers of Latin jazz, Oscar Hernandez.

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