Energia: Roots of Latin Jazz

Touring Performance • Music

Embark on a musical journey that explores how vibrant rhythms of Latin America combined with American jazz to create the lively genre of Latin jazz. Five of Chicago’s most exciting musicians will trace the roots of jazz music, from traditional African songs to how it evolved in the America’s into jazz & rock ‘n roll. Listen as Latin American influences changed the face of jazz and built in layers of rhythms and sounds, creating exciting new melodies and harmonies.

The musicians will help audiences hear the differences in music from America, Brazil, and Cuba through demonstrations and audience participation. Audiences will learn about the history and tradition of music in these cultures, spanning from Carnival in Brazil to Mardi Gras in the US. In between songs and participatory elements, the musicians will provide a brief history of the instruments used in Latin jazz music, such as the saxophone, piano, upright electric bass, drum set, and many other percussion instruments.

Try and keep the beat going with this lively ensemble!


Monday through Friday, weekends

For all ages

Technical Requirements:

  • Minimum 10′ x 10′ performance space
  • Access to electricity



Our students loved Energia! The band was incredibly enthusiastic and loved performing for the students. . . .Students and staff alike enjoyed the performance, and we would happily recommend them to other schools!
Music Teacher, Stone Scholastic Academy
Base Price:
Audience Size:
350 maximum
Program Length:
40 minutes