The Latin Jazz Collective is a high energy seven piece Latin Jazz ensemble led by percussionist John Nava and drummer Martin Binder. The band creates a rich and engaging blend of jazz compositions with energetic Latin rhythms and received a standing ovation from a full house at the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival.
Come one, come all - every open mic is better than the last one. Whether you dance, read poetry, play music, share stories, tell jokes, or just come to listen, we want to see YOU!
Free and family-friendly, please make a cash donation or bring a snack to share! No one turned away for lack of funds
Join us for a very special concert featuring Patricio Hidalgo, artistic director and founder of Afrojarocho, directly from Veracruz, México. Don Patricio is a singer, poet and jaranero (jarana player) who has revived the “conga” genre which is part of the musical heritage of southern Veracruz for over 20 years and is rooted in African origins. Afrojarocho has appeared at major venues in Mexico and abroad.
“Son Jarocho, a musical genre from Veracruz, Mexico, has been nationally regarded during the 20th century as one of the original components of the Mexican cultural heritage. The recent popularizers of Son Jarocho have drifted away from the historic styles in favor of new forms that may be more commercial. The Jaranero Movement —named so after the central use of the jarana, a small guitar of Spanish origin—, attempted to recover the tradition of Son Jarocho musical style, since it has been exploited for commercial goals since the 1940s. It also tries to recover the roots of the genre, “whitened” or lost to European inﬂuences. In the last 20 years the new generation of Veracruz musicians and the Chicano movement in the United States have multiplied their collaborative eﬀorts to recover an authentic version of Son Jarocho. In this process, the encounter with the African roots have been occurring in a new way.” (Cardona, I, and Rinaud,, C. Son Jarocho in between Mexico and United States: Deﬁnition “Afro”of a Transnational Practice
AZA unites traditional Tamazight (Berber) music, indigenous to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with the global influences of its diverse members. Evocative of Saharan-African blues, yet with an original style that truly defies categorization, AZA’s stirring performances feature deep, danceable rhythms, intricate string melodies, and soaring, soulful vocals. Visually dynamic and engaging performers, AZA has been inspiring international audiences for more than 15 years.