In case you need to brush up on your Latin jazz history, PBS has a four-part documentary that you can view online called "Latin Music USA." I already had an understanding of the melding of jazz and Afro-Cuban music through Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, but what I didn't realize was how much the rock and roll of the 50s and 60s borrowed from the mambos of earlier decades. What I found especially fascinating was how the Latin music of the 60s and 70s then borrowed elements of R&B and rock music to create boogaloo, which led to the rise of salsa and the esteemed (notorious?) Fania Records.
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