World Groove Ensemble: Caribbean & Latin American Ensemble

Thursdays 8:15 - 9:45 pm 9/21 - 12/7 (11 weeks) no class 11/23

World Groove Ensemble: Caribbean & Latin American Ensemble
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Ensembles, Jazz
Day Thu
Instructor Jennifer Jolly
Status inperson event

This ensemble features the deep grooves of Jamaica, Trinidad, Haiti, Cuba, Martinique, Colombia, Brazil, and other Caribbean/Latin American countries. Styles may include calypso/soca, son, reggae, ska, cumbia, choro, reggaeton, and others. Repertoire may include songs by both classic artists (Calypso Rose, The Skatalites, Bob Marley, Kassav’) and newer artists (Monsieur Periné, Cimafunk, Bixiga 70, and Lakou Mizik). Students learn the cultural context, interlocking rhythms, and lyrics of each tune. Emphasis is on developing the groove, listening, and playing together as a group. Please confirm your availability for the class performance before enrolling. This class is part of the year-long World Groove Ensemble series, which includes the African (winter) and New Orleans/Louisiana (spring) Ensembles; students are encouraged to take all three for continuity but may take individual classes. Open to vocalists and all instrumentalists.

Prerequisites: intermediate instrumental proficiency; ability to read charts and standard notation. Materials provided by the instructor.

Please note: This class culminates in a performance in the final week of the term (week 11). All Jazzschool student performances are free and open to the public! Please confirm your availability for the performance date (the week 11 class meeting date) before finalizing your registration in this class.

Thursdays 8:15 – 9:45 pm
9/21 – 12/7 (11 weeks) no class 11/23
Jennifer Jolly, $435 (In-person)

Ensembles take place IN-PERSON at the California Jazz Conservatory. 
All ensembles require a placement audition. For audition guidelines and to application instructions, please visit the Ensemble page here:

About Jennifer Jolly
B.A. UC Berkeley. Keyboards/melodica, guitar, percussion, vocals, composer/arranger, bandleader. Specialist in blues/boogie, R&B/funk, Americana, New Orleans, rock, Caribbean, and African roots music. Founder of Jennifer Jolly & Friends, co-founder of The Jolly Gibsons. Other current projects include Pamela Rose’s touring theatrical concert “Blues is a Woman,” Tom Rigney & Flambeau (sub), JAZZphoria (sub), Chelle! and Friends (guest), Mo’Fone (guest), Bait & Switch Blues Band, The Party Monsters, Creekside Community Church Worship Band. Previous credits include Zulu Spear, Kotoja, Phil Lesh, Hot Links, Barbara Dane, Big B and His Snake Oil Saviors, accompaniment for choruses and musical theater productions, and dozens of recording projects. Faculty instructor at The Jazzschool, Cazadero Family Camp, Jazzschool Women’s Jazz and Blues Camp, after-school programs, workshops, and private studio.