Thursday, Dec 2, 2010; at 7:00 pm | V-Live, 2047 N. Milwaukee Ave. This December, the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC), will present the 2nd annual Navi-Jazz Concert featuring special musical guest Luis “Perico” Ortiz. Navi-Jazz forms part of IPRAC’s efforts to promote one of the most important elements of Puerto Rican cultural life – particularly of Puerto Ricans in the Diaspora: the syncretism of the Puerto Rican and African American musical expressions. This concert should be seen against the backdrop of the fusion of Puerto Rican and African American musical elements which has as its historical foundation the intersection, at the beginning of the 20th century, of Puerto Ricans and African Americans in New York City, as well as in New Orleans. In addition to celebrating music, Navi-Jazz will help to promote a more meaningful dialogue between the African American and Puerto Rican communities of Chicago. It will serve a two fold purpose for IPRAC: one as a fundraising event for the Institue’s programing; and as a forum that will link the most demographic populations in the immediate Humboldt Park community.
1st Annual Navi-Jazz Concert: