Cesar Orozco Shares Kamarata Jazz with the NY Arts Program!


Text by NY Arts Program Faculty in Music, Jake K. Leckie, photo by Owen Keogh.

On Tuesday we invited pianist Cesar Orozco to give a masterclass on Venezuelan and Cuban music. He explained how in his compositions, he fuses Joropo, Merengue, and Pajarillo with Son Montuno and jazz. One specific example is his arrangement of El Frutero (a Venezuelan Merengue in 5/8 time) with El Manicero (a Cuban standard), and how he applies jazz harmony to the rhythmic ideas of those two styles. Listen to the traditional songs, and then Cesar’s mashup–can you hear the original songs in his arrangement?

El Frutero: 

El Manicero: 

Frutero Vende Maní: 


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