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The Emerald City Jazz Kings: Besame Mucho

Latin Jazz & its influence on American popular music, 1926-55

The colorful pianist, bandleader and composer Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (who was professionally known as Jelly Roll Morton) always claimed he invented jazz in 1902 out of the various musical influences he experienced coming of age in New Orleans. Whatever one’s thoughts on this claim (like the ODJB, Morton was inclined to self-promotion!), his identification of a “Spanish tinge” in the rich ethno-cultural mix that was jazz as he understood it, is compelling and very evident in the history of 20th century popular music. Jesse Cloninger and the Emerald City Jazz Kings close their season with an exploration of the “Latin tinge”, with an intriguing collection of tunes hailing from both sides of the border, from the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, The Andrew Sisters, Desi Arnaz, Carmen Miranda, and more! Emerald City Jazz Kings Ticketing: Purchase at The Shedd Institute Ticket Office (541-434-7000, 868 High Street). Discounts to most Shedd Institute shows are available for youths high school and younger (50%); college student with current student ID (10%); group discounts for purchases of 8 or more tickets to a single show (10%), discount for purchases of 20 or more (15%). Jazz Kings patrons may also purchase special discount packages at a 10% to 15% discount. All discounts are available through The Shedd Ticket Office (541-434-7000 or 868 High Street). Discounts cannot be combined.

Date & Time

May 11, 2014


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$18 - $30, youth half-price

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