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Jazz Con Clave: An Afro-Caribbean Jazz Workshop​


2: 7/8/2024 -7/21/2024




An exploration of the world of Afro-Caribbean musical styles, with an emphasis on performance. Learn a variety of styles, drawing from danzón, mambo, cha cha cha, son montuno, rumba, mambo, plena, salsa, boogaloo, Mozambique, changüí, jíbaro, songo, timba, and more. Students will focus on percussion, piano, arranging, performance ensemble, and Latin music history, and perform in an exciting showcase concert that features student ensembles.

Who Should Take This Class

Musicians who want to become fluent in Afro-Caribbean musical styles (such as Mambo, Son Montuno, "Salsa,"  Songo, Rumba, Timba, Cha Cha Cha​, for example) and possess a skill level on an instrument (including voice), some improvisatory skills, and basic sight reading. 

Required Application Materials (please submit materials in a single document)

  • Personal statement: describe any previous experience in Latin music and why you are interested in taking this course
  • Video audition: Perform and improvise on a jazz standard (preferably in a latin style)​- this should be no more than 7 minutes. Percussionists may also include examples latin grooves they are familiar with. Please provide a YouTube link to your video(s) in your personal statement.

Course Coordinator

James (Jamie) Dubb​erly​ (Stanislaus) is originally from Brunswick, Georgia, and has established a reputation as one of the top trombonists, educators, and arrangers in northern California. He currently serves on the faculty of University of the Pacific’s Conservatory of Music, and is a lecturer at Stanislaus State. As a trombonist he has recorded, and/or performed, with a wide range of artists including Sheila E, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Luis Enrique, Bobby Caldwell, Chris Potter, and Herman Olivera.

Guest Artists

Javier Cabanillas

Grammy Award-winning percussionist Javier Cabanillas is one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most respected congueros. He received Four Stars from DownBeat magazine for his composition Esto Puede Ser Eso, and his music has been featured on Showtime's Let The Right One In, NPR, and United Airlines streaming services. He has performed at premiere jazz festivals around the world. Cabanillas was the principal percussionist for the world premiere of the musical Goddess. He is also the creator and leader of Cabanijazz Project, a Latin band that performs an exuberant fusion of Latin Jazz harmonies and Afro-Caribbean dance music. ​Javier's group, which will be in residence for the 2nd week of the course, includes Erick Peralta, piano/arranging, Ernesto Mazar-Kindelan, bass, Giancarlo Anderson, percussion, Galen Green, woodwinds, and special guests Francisco Torres, trombone, and Omar Ledezma, Jr., vocals​.

John Santos

Multi-Grammy-nominated percussionist John Santos is a prolific Afro-Latin band leader, composer, educator, and producer with over 50 years professional experience. He has worked with acknowledged masters including Cachao, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Max Roach, Eddie Palmieri, and Omar Sosa. He has taught extensively nationally and internationally for over 40 years and currently directs the highly-acclaimed John Santos Sextet. John's Quartet, which will be in residence for the first week of the course, includes Marco Diaz, piano, trumpet and arranging, Saul Sierra, bass, and David Flores, drums and percussion.