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Jazz Cubano

During the 1920s, the Cuban musical scene was flourishing. At the same time, American jazz was developing, most notably in New Orleans, and the first jazz bands started performing Jazz Cubano or Latin Jazz at nightclubs and hotels on the island. The most outstanding Cuban jazz band director, and pioneer among jazz players, was Master Armando Romeu, who conducted the renowned Bellamar and Tropicana orchestras.

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The music of Cuba is largely based on its cultural origins in Europe and Africa. The arrival on the island of thousands of African slaves over the course of three hundred years created a wealth of new musical forms. Deeply rooted in African rhythms, the country’s distinctive music owes its melodic power to its Spanish colonial heritage. The lively, energetic Cuban sound has profoundly influenced musical styles throughout the world, an impact that continues to this day. Distinct dance forms, related to specific types of music, over time have cross-pollinated, evolving into new styles of expression.