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Community Music Center: MusicLab Workshop Series with Oscar Hernández: 50 Years of Iconic Latin Music

October 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

MusicLab Workshop Series: Latin Jazz

This MusicLab workshop series brings you master Latin Jazz artists to share their experience in an interactive setting. You can learn, listen, practice, play and discuss online in real time in these online workshops hosted by Community Music Center in partnership with the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble and MisterLatinJazz.

Dive in to Latin jazz and check out each of our exciting upcoming MusicLab workshops with incredible guest artists:

Sept 10 – John Calloway: Improvisation Techniques & Strategies for Latin Jazz

Oct 8 – Oscar Hernandez: 50 Years of Iconic Latin Music
Nov 12 – Michele Rosewoman: Creative Expression Through Afro-Cuban Rhythms & Improvisation

Oscar Hernández: 50 Years of Iconic Latin Music

When: Thursday, October 8, 5:30–7:00pm
Tickets: $15 General, $10 Community Music Center students & faculty / seniors
Purchase tickets here: https://musiclab-workshop-oscar-hernandez.eventbrite.com
A note on ticket prices: If cost is a barrier to your participation in this workshop, contact Adriana Marrero, amarrero@sfcmc.org.

Oscar Hernández has played with Latin music legends for decades, been musical director twice on Broadway, and has won four GRAMMYs with the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Oscar will share insights about innovations within Latin music over the past 50 years drawing from his musical experiences with iconic groups such as Manny Oquendo y Su Conjunto Libre, Conjunto Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorquino, Ray Barretto, Rubén Blades, Juan Luis Guerra, and most recently the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. He will discuss what gave each of these groups a signature sound including specific musical elements and/or how they related to the sociocultural landscape of their time.

This class will be formatted as a lecture/demonstration utilizing audio/video samples and with live demonstration and question/answers with Oscar Hernandez. Bring your questions for this rare opportunity to speak with a master!

This course will be conducted live via video conferencing. A computer or other device with a webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection is required. Log-in information will be sent to students before the workshop.


October 8
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Community Music Center
544 Capp St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(415) 647-6015