Latin Jazz Sessions
February 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Latin Jazz Sessions with Matthew Hernandez
4:30pm – 6:00pm, all ages
February 12, 26 – March 4, 11, 18, 2024
This weekly community band is an introduction to the many popular Latin styles of music from slow and intimate cha cha and boleros to fast paced and high energy salsa, cumbia, and merengue. Join us for an eventful start to the first installment of the Latin Jazz Sessions at Art in the Park, and surprise yourself with how much you could learn in just a few weeks! Sheet music and basic drumming pattern worksheets will be readily available every week. Everyone is free to join this program, though some musical experience will greatly help in familiarizing patterns and learning songs. Art in the Park has drums and some instruments available for use, too, so don’t be shy – stop by and try it out for yourself.
Matthew Hernandez is a proud community arts advocate that has dedicated his work to the enrichment of cultural celebration and literacy through music. Understanding how music shapes and reflects cultural awareness and ambitions, he recognizes the influence that music has over large groups of individuals that share a common ground in beliefs and expression. The main goal for Matthew is to bring those people together to share the same physical space and strengthen bonds through experiencing the ultimate form of expression that creative outlets, like music, allow. Being a source for bringing the community together brings him all the joy in the world, whether it’s through live performance, group teaching, volunteer work, or even just casual conversation with neighbors and friends.
He currently studies at the Herb Alpert Music Center’s Applied Music Program at Los Angeles City College and has built a reputation for being the musical coordinator and saxophonist for salsa and latin jazz band, Timba Tumbao. With his band, he’s performed all across SoCal, delivering a fun and high energy live latin dance show. He loves what he does because he gets the opportunity to connect with so many amazing communities and share an inclusive experience full of dancing, smiles, and fun memories. “Music is a language without words, it speaks in only profound emotion and true expression.”
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