Three movements for jazz orchestra based on the Cuban rumba
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Afro-Cuban music has been an important influence in jazz since the beginnings of the genre in the early twentieth century. This influence has had its foremost manifestations in the music of many important jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton. In this treatise I give a brief historical account of the attempts to incorporate Afro-Cuban rhythms into jazz composition. This is followed by a detailed description of my composition in which elements from the Cuban rumba complex have been used in a contemporary jazz setting. A score is included.