Tito Puente - Take Five
Latin Jazz originated in the 1940's. The song "Tanga" written by Mario Bauza in 1943 was thought by many to be the first song in Latin Jazz history. By the 1950's the Mambo, a beat for salsa music, had been introduced. Later, in the 1960's, Salsa music had taken over and Latin Jazz was being abandoned. Some thriving artists moved between the two genres to keep Latin Jazz alive.
Latin Jazz contains more of a straight rhythm than swung. Rhythms commonly heard in this genre of music include mambo, son and rumba. Improvisation is very common as well. Instruments used are the conga, timbale, guiro and claves. Tito Puente (pictured) and Ray Barretto were very influential in Latin Jazz.
Connection to Dance
Latin Jazz is said to be "...attractive to many listeners and unappealing to many dancers." Puente thought dance was a trademark of Latin Jazz. Barretto, on the other hand, thought dancing identified more with music like the Salsa, and not with Latin Jazz.