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Outdoor Concerts Feature Eclectic Mix of Latin Jazz

By Gunnery Sgt. Brian Rust | United States Marine Band | August 21, 2018

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This week’s outdoor summer concerts will feature the Marine Latin Jazz Ensemble performing at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22 on the west terrace of the U.S. Capitol and at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 23 at Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va. Both concerts are free and will feature a mix of Latin jazz styles and composers that will keep the audience grooving in their seats or dancing in the streets.

“We are performing a very eclectic mix of styles and composers from all over the Americas,” said euphonium player Staff Sgt. Hiram Diaz, who also serves as the group leader and vocalist. “From the very classic Afro-Cuban music of band leader and singer Beni Moré, to a tune off of Snarky Puppy’s latest album, we cover the gamut of interesting Latin jazz styles.”

The program will include the Theme from “I Love Lucy” by Eliot Daniel, as well as a jazzed up arrangement of Alan Menken’s “Under the Sea” from the popular Disney movie “The Little Mermaid.” The concert will also feature Latin jazz songs by such composers as Marcel Louiguy, Luiz Bonfa, Tommy Olivencia, Tito Puente, and Roberto Cantoral Garcia, among others.

Diaz is excited for all the members of the ensemble to showcase their talents and to provide fun and entertaining music for everyone. He added, “It is a concert for people to dance, to sit and listen, and to enjoy all of the styles that encompass Latin jazz.”

The concerts are free but weather permitting. Concert cancellations will be announced by 6 p.m. at (202) 433-4011 and at www.facebook.com/marineband.

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