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Latin Ensemble spices up the holiday season with jazz performances


Jacksonville State University’s Latin Ensemble kickstarted the holidays with jazz, latin, and salsa.

Students gathered together on Tues., Nov. 20th, to watch JSU’s Latin Ensemble perform and celebrate the beginning of fall break. The performance was held in Mason Hall’s Performance Center and directed by Dr. Andy Nevala and Dr. Tony McCutchen with assistance by Dr. Dave Lambert on trombone.

Instrumentalists Carlos Caro and Jamie Dubberly came from San Francisco to assist in the performance.

The show also featured vocalists Mayi and Eddie Lopez from Atlanta’s Orquesta MaCuba.

Also included in the ensemble were percussion instruments, trombones, piano, bass, and cowbell played by JSU’s Latin Ensemble.

The performance began at 7:30 P.M and ended at 9:00 P.M.

Admission to the event was free of charge and was sponsored by the David L. Walters Department of Music.

No introduction was necessary for this group. The ensemble jumped right in with a lively performance of “Soul Provided” for the large audience gathered in the Performance Center.

After the conclusion of “Soul Provided,” trombonist Jamie Dubberly introduced himself, percussionist Carlos Caro, the ensemble, and the next piece, “Elsa’s Blues.”

During the performance, each member of the ensemble had a chance to individually show off his or her talents.

The first five songs performed by the ensemble are songs performed and recorded by Dubberly and Caro in their afro-cuban jazz ensemble “Jamie Dubberly and Orquesta Dharma.”

The ensemble’s album “Road Warrior” includes “Elsa’s Blues,” “Foot Prints,” “Brunswick Stew,” and “Caravan,” which were performed by JSU’s Latin Ensemble that night.

McCutchen introduced vocalists Mayi and Eddie Lopez to participate in the Ensemble’s last two numbers, “Good Lovin’” and “Vamonos Pa’l Monte.”

The entire ensemble, including all guest performers, participated in the last two pieces. Mayi and Eddie Lopez gave the audiences one more for the road as they sang “Vamonos Pa’l Monte in the original Spanish.

The Ensemble requested and gained the audience’s participation throughout the performance.

Dubberly invited the audience to dance and dance they did. Several students and audience members paired up and did the salsa all around the dance floor.

The performance also provided an opportunity to check-in with Spot On, a reward earning program that allows user to reap the benefits of frequent attendance to JSU events.

All future JSU Jazz Ensemble events will continue to allow Spot On reward earning opportunities.

The JSU Jazz Ensemble has more performances to come.

The Spring Jazz Showcase will be held on Fri., Feb. 22nd and the 2nd Annual JSU Jazz Festival will be held on Fri., Apr. 5th.

All performances are free to attend and held at 7:30 P.M. at the Mason Hall Performance Center.

JSU’s Jazz Ensemble also features Jazz Combo performances every Mon. at Wake and Bake Pizza and Coffee Company from 7 P.M. to 9 P.M.

For more information on the JSU Jazz Ensemble and future performances visit

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