Latin Music USA: Bridges & The Salsa Revolution

Latin Music USA: Bridges & The Salsa Revolution

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 6:00pm

Latin Jazz

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Tune in for this series that celebrates the great American music created by Latinos.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, WXXI presents a documentary series celebrating the Latin rhythms at the heart of jazz, rock, country, and rhythm and blues, and highlighting the great American music created by Latinos. Latin Music USA airs Tuesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. on WXXI World. Revealing the Latin sounds that have influenced the music of great American artists from the Drifters to the Isley Brothers to Santana, the documentary aims to reach lovers of music everywhere, along with fans of American history and everyone who loves to dance.

The life experiences of the artists featured in the documentary reveal how Latinos have reinvented their music in the United States and forged new identities within this country, while never losing sight of their own rich traditions.

Bridges The first hour traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha cha chá as they swept the U.S. from East to West, and looks at how Latin music infiltrated rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll through the 1960s.
The Salsa Revolution The second hour explores how Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York reinvented the Cuban son and the Puerto Rican plena byadding elements from soul and jazz to create Salsa, which became a defining rhythm for Latinos the world over.