Championing The Flute In Latin Jazz: Andrea Brachfeld Playing Live

by chipboaz on May 3, 2017

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While the flute has sat in the background of traditional jazz, the Latin Jazz world has always embraced the instrument enthusiastically. The flute sits naturally around Cuban rhythms, largely through it’s connection to the island’s dance music. Charanga orquestas made the instrument tipico, placing the grace and elegance of the flute over violins, percussion, bass, and piano. As the charanga influenced New York salsa and later Cuban timba, the flute remained a vital part of dance music. On the same token, Afro-Cuban dance music strongly shaped Latin Jazz, keeping the flute relevant in this setting. Today, flautists are welcomed and encouraged to become soloists in Latin Jazz, creating a unique space for these instrumentalists.

Flautist Andrea Brachfeld has become a well respected name in the Latin Jazz world, largely due to her connection to instrument in bothe the jazz and dance sides of the music. Starting music at a young age, Brachfeld refined her chops studying at both the High School Of Music And Art and The Manhattan School Of Music. She played classical music and jazz, getting tips from folks like Jimmy Heath, Hubert Laws, Yusef Lateef, and Dave Valentin. As she progressed in music, Brachfeld found her way into Latin dance music, playing in Charanga bands, touring Venezuela for two years, and hanging out on the New York scene. After establishing herself on the scene, Brachfeld dedicated herself to being a leader, recording a number of albums, including Beyond Standards, Into the World: A Musical Offering, Lotus Blossom, and more. She has become a champion for the flute in Latin Jazz, becoming a high profile figure that carries the instrument with grace and style. Today’s Video Feature has Brachfeld leading a group with conguero Chembo Corniel, playing John Coltrane’s “Naima” – enjoy!

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