Lincoln Center

By Fernando González
May 2003


Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Arturo O’Farrill, music director
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet

In fact the Latin jazz presence is a constant in the development of jazz. It’s not just the occasional name, although there have been many, but an influence that can be heard in the music, dating back to pieces by Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, and W.C.Handy’s classic “St. Louis Blues,” to the Latinization of swing bands and the emergence, in the early 40s, of Latin jazz.