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From Bomba to Timba: Afro-Caribbean Jazz in the 21st century





Guest Artists

​Brian Andres, Carlos CaroErnesto Mazar Kindelá​n, Miguel Martinez, John Santos, ​Erick Peralta​


Experience daily rehearsals and masterclasses with world-class master musicians and artists in this performance-based workshop. Discover the history and musical principles that make Afro-Caribbean music an irresistible combination of improvisation, dance rhythms, and expression. Perform styles such as Son Montuno, Danzon, Mambo, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Guaguanco, Bomba, Plena, Timba, Cumbia, and more.

Who should take this class

Jazz instrumentalists (drums, bass, piano, guitar, brass, woodwinds, and percussion) and vocalists with improvisational experience and some sight reading skills, who are excited to explore the musical worlds of Cuba and Puerto Rico​.

Required application materials

  • Letter of interest, describing (a) What instrument(s) you play, (b) Why you are applying for this class, and what interests you about it? (c) Your previous experiences performing in a jazz ensemble setting and, if applicable, your previous experiences in performing Latin styles.
  • Audition video consisting of you playing and improvising on a jazz or Latin standard (Latin styles encouraged, but not required)) , not to exceed 7 minutes. Please state your name at the beginning of the video. INCLUDE THE URL OF YOUR VIDEO ON YOUR LETTER OF INTENT.

Course Coordinator

Jamie Dubberly

Guest Artists

Brian Andres

Brian Andres

Brian Andres has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area jazz scene since 1999. One of the highlights of his long career was being asked to record the original music soundtrack for the critically acclaimed Robert M.

Young film, Alambrista: Directors Cut, along with Grammy nominated producer and musician, Greg Landau. ​​

Christopher R. Notbusch

Carlos Caro

Cuban native Carlos Caro has played with groups such as 40 Grados, La Ley, and various other Cuban ensembles. A highlight of his career was being asked to record and perform with the Mexico City Philharmonic. He is currently a sought-after percussionist working with established Bay Area musicians such as Rebeca Mauleón, Omar Sosa, and many others.

Daniel Cahill

Ernesto Mazar Kindelán

Cuban bassist Ernesto Mazar Kindelán began music studies at the age of eight. He graduated University Instituto Superior de Arts with a degree in classical double bass. He has traveled the world performing and recording on various albums, and is a member of the internationally popular group, David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera.​ ​

Christopher R. Notbusch

Miguel Martinez​

The San Francisco Chronicle writes, "Mexican flutist Miguelito Martinez has become an essential voice on the Bay Area's Latin jazz scene." He has performed and recorded with Alfredo de la Fe, Orestes Vilato, Karl Perazzo, Juan Carlos Formel, Michael Spiro, and many more. In 2009, he was awarded the best Latin Jazz Flautist of The Year for the Latin Jazz Corner.

Christopher R. Notbusch

John Santos​​

Multi-Grammy nominee and 2012 San Francisco Latino Heritage Arts Award winner John Santos is one of the foremost bandleaders, composers, producers, percussionists, and educators in Jazz and Afro-Latin music. He has performed and recorded with acknowledged masters like Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Cachao, Eddie Palmieri, The Buena Vista Social Club, and many others.

Christopher R. Notbusch

Erick Peralta​

Erick Peralta has worked and performed with with multi-Grammy winners Alejandro Sanz, Luis Enrique, and Susana Baca; as well has worked with artists such as Pedrito Martinez, John Santos, and more. He has performed in various festivals and venues, including the San Jose Jazz Festival and the Latin Grammy Awards.