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Latin Jazz Guide: A Path to Authentic Percussion and Ensemble Performance



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Latin Jazz Guide by James Dreier provides tips and insight into 12 of the most common Latin jazz styles, such as  bossa nova, samba, mambo and cha cha cha, with style-specific information on each one. This book provides a clear path to a more informed, authentic and rewarding interaction with the wide world of Latin jazz. The book's companion website www.latinjazzguide.com  includes video examples for reference and play-along, along with many other resources, information and updated content. Dreier’s Latin Jazz Guide is an excellent and useful guide for teachers, students, and composers.

  • Basic Info Charts that provide “at-a-glance” information for each style
  • “Percussion Solutions” scores for basic and advanced players
  • Rhythm section example scores for bass, piano and guitar
  • Comprehensive background information on each style
  • Answers to FAQs
  • Checklists for each style
  • Performance Tips
  • Resources for more in-depth study
  • Recommended listening examples
  • Examples and play-along videos

Latin Jazz Guide has been well-received in many high schools - see what educators are saying about this resource:

"The Latin Jazz Guide is a must own resource for jazz educators of every level." Ryan Meyer, Director of Jazz Bands, Harlan Community Schools

"The Latin Jazz Guide is a comprehensive and user friendly resource that every jazz band director should own. The incredible [companion] online resources show exactly what to play and which instruments are appropriate with videos and PDF parts." Wade Presley, Nevada High School Director of Bands


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