Puerto Rican Folkloric Jazz is a musical production that combines the puertorican folkloric rhythm named bomba and jazz. The bomba is a uniquely Puerto Rican folk genre for dance. Also is a style of folk music that has its roots in African music and is dominated by percussion and by call-and-response vocals. The bomba is basically accompaniment for dancers. There are several different styles of bomba which differ in their rhythms. Some bombas have name like yubá, leró, cuembé, sicá, holandé and others.
The instruments used in the bomba are barriles; typically the low-pitched “buleador” providing supporting rhythm and the high-pitched “subidor” dialoging with the dancers and which provides the foundation of the rhythm. Added to these are the sticks or "palitos", called cuá, wich are sticks struck on a resonant surface, and one maraca often played by one of the singers.
The jazz arrangements in this production are based in the bomba rhythms. This musical production goes dedicated to all those people who within their capacities and talents contribute to our music and culture.
My respect to the teachers. Don Rafael Cepeda and Don Juancito Torres.