Chances are you have listened to music influenced by a Latin culture. Pop music star Marc Anthony has a background in "salsa," a kind of music from Puerto Rico. Jennifer Lopez often mixes a form of Cuban music called "mambo" with catchy beats to make "Latin soul." Recently Periscope visited a concert by a "Latin jazz" group called Sabor. "Sabor" is the spanish word for "flavor." From Sabor, we learned how jazz music mixed with Hispanic culture!

Photo courtesy of: SCETV and Randy Salo

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First of All, What Is Jazz? | Periscope
First of All, What Is Jazz? | Periscope

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Jazz music originated in the United States. It was created by African Americans in the early 1900s. The sound of jazz was influenced by West African rhythms and music, and American folk music. A...
Bongos & Concerro | Periscope
Bongos & Concerro | Periscope

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Bongos: Two small drums played between the knees, often used in Afro-Cuban music. The "Bongocero" is the name for a bongo player. Cencerro: A cowbell played by the "Bongocero," or bongo player. It can...
Congas | Periscope
Congas | Periscope

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Congas: Drums played with the hands and often used in salsa and rumba music. Congas play a major role in Latin jazz bands.
Guiro | Periscope
Guiro | Periscope

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Guiro: A scraper sometimes used in Latin jazz. The Cuban and Puerto Rican form is made from a notched gourd and played with a stick.
Timbales | Periscope
Timbales | Periscope

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Timbales: A set of tuneable metal drums invented in Cuba. They are often accompanied by campana.
Claves | Periscope
Claves | Periscope

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Claves: Two sticks used to make a simple rhythm in Cuban music such as rumba. It is used in many other forms of Latin American music as well.
Campana | Periscope
Campana | Periscope

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Campana: A cowbell used in Cuban music. It is sometimes attached to another instrument called the "timbales."
Dizzy Gillespie | Periscope
Dizzy Gillespie | Periscope

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South Carolina played a big part in the creation of Latin Jazz! From Sabor, we learned that Latin jazz music has roots right here in South Carolina. Dizzy Gillespie, a famous jazz trumpet player from...
The Rumba, Cuba and the Congas | Periscope
The Rumba, Cuba and the Congas | Periscope

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During the 1920s, the sound of "rumba" music took over Cuba. Rumba was great to dance to, as it was played with many types of percussion instruments. The congas stood out as rumba's major percussion...
Chano Pozo: Conga Player | Periscope
Chano Pozo: Conga Player | Periscope

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The number one conga player in Cuba in the 1930s was Chano Pozo. Chano was the "best of the best," and soon he was playing beside Dizzy in the United States! In the 1940s, Chano and other Cuban...