Jazz Vocal Ensembles
The University of Illinois’s Latin Jazz Ensemble is an electrifying fifteen piece group which features many of the jazz program’s most gifted students. Under the direction of professor Tito Carrillo, this ensemble reaches deep into the rich and diverse world of Afro-Latin Music. The wide ranging repertoire explores the many sounds of the Americas, fusing the daring and colorful harmony of American jazz with a myriad of rhythms ranging from the Afro-Cuban Son, cha cha cha and mambo, the Haitian Soca, to the Samba, Bossa Nova and Baiao from Brazil. Latin Jazz Ensemble not only explores the legacies of pioneers such as Tito Puente, Machito, Dizzy Gillespie, and Eddie Palmieri, but also keeps up with current trends in the idiom, performing numerous works from contemporary artists, as well as original student compositions.
Contact Prof. Tito Carrillo for more information.