“Caravan”, the jazz standard composed by the Puerto Rican composer Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington, was first performed by the Ellington Orchestra in 1936.
This one-of-a-kind version starts off with Matthew Gonzalez on the pandereta, the frame drum from Puerto Rico used in plena.
Then National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera delivers a hilarious – and virtuosic – “lecture” on the true origins of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Be prepared to be enlightened!
D’Rivera, born in Cuba in 1948, is the winner of fourteen Grammys and as you can see a true friend of Puerto Rico.
Thanks to Darren Hoffman, director of “Tradition is a Temple,” and his company Guava Records for collaborating with us on documenting this event and for contributing thousands of dollars worth of his services to bring this and other clips from this show to you. Additional footage provided by Alfie Alvarado. Also, thanks to all Jazz on the Tube supporters. Your support this year gave us the resources to underwrite this important project.
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