IPRAC Celebrates an Unforgettable Evening: 3rd Annual Navi-Jazz

IPRAC Celebrates an Unforgettable Evening: 3rd Annual Navi-Jazz


Navi-Jazz is an initiative of the Institute of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture (IPRAC), which seeks 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 celebration 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.

The above episode is highlighted in a recent book, Puerto Rico In The American Century: A History since 1898 by César I. Ayala & Rafael Bernabe, which states: “Puerto Rican musicians such as Juan Tizol, Fernando Arbello, Ramón Usera, and Ralph  Escúdero explored the expanding universe of jazz first hand while playing or arranging for Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, and other ensembles. Tizol composed “Caravan” (Duke Ellington, “Caravan”, Juan Tizol 1952) and “Perdido” (Duke Ellington, “Perdido”, Juan Tizol 1964) , pieces that became Ellington and jazz standards”.

Thus, 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.

Navi-Jazz 2009-2010:




1st annual Navi-Jazz with William Cepeda
2nd annual Navi-Jazz with Luis Perico Ortiz

Navi-Jazz 2011: Edgar Abraham Latin Jazz Project


Edgar Abraham: Edgar Abraham is a saxophonist, composer and master of sixteen instruments. Additionally, he is the creator of the unmatched Hyper-Virtuoso technique for the saxophone. His enlightened musicianship spans the universe, ranging from symphonic compositions to avant-garde jazz improvisations.


Paoli Mejias: Latin Grammy nominee Paoli Mejias is a distinguished master percussionist from Puerto Rico, ranked among the best in both Latin jazz and salsa. As a bandleader Paoli fuses straight-ahead jazz with African, Mediterranean & Caribbean folkloric rhythms to create a new dimension of Latin jazz that is global, energetic, and modern.


Antonio Quijano: Electric bassist, composer and theorist, Quijano is the Author of a 1,258 book compilation, the Secessionist Method of Composition Encyclopedia which discuses the dozens of theories he has developed over the years. Composer of more than 150,000 pieces of music and creator of the 2:1 technique for stringed instruments. He has lectured at major universities as an independent cultural researcher, writer, and theorist and is a pioneer in posthuman music and new music theory.

Endel Dueño: Know as the encyclopaedia of the “Timbal “, has taken the place of “King of the Timbal” left by the legendary Tito Puente. Master of both the Timbal and Drums, Dueño is undoubtedly, one of the most prodigious and talented musicians in the world today.

Endel Dueño “El Rey del Timbal”/ YouTube










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