New Book : The Conga and Bongo Drum in Jazz by Trevor Salloum with Bobby Sanabria

The first book ever published on how to play the conga and bongo drum in JAZZ.

This text is an essential tool for band teachers and drummers playing Latin Percussion in jazz with special emphasis on swing. Includes chapters on history, description, tuning, position/posture, notation, strokes, rhythms, etc. Complete with photos, interviews, music transcriptions and video links. This much-needed text fills a niche in the application of the conga and bongo drum in jazz.

Special features include archival photos, a rare interview with legendary jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, companion video with Candido and Bobby Sanabria and the most comprehensive discography ever complied on the use of conga and bongo drums in jazz with over 100 listings and commentary including Candido, Ray Barretto, Armando Peraza, Willie Bobo, Luis Miranda, Patato Valdez, Willie Rodriguez, Tata Güines and many more.

Author’s royalties on this book will be donated to an endowment in the name of legendary percussionist “Candido Camero.”

The conga and bongo, while thought of as integral parts of Latin and Cuban music, have also been significant (if often overlooked) in jazz since the late 1940s.

This important book by Trevor Salloum and Bobby Sanabria gives a concise discussion of the instrument’s history in jazz, includes musical examples of the more significant rhythms, and has a valuable discography. It will be equally enjoyed by musicians, those who are new to this music, and fans who have long appreciated jazz’s Latin tinge.

Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian and author of 11 books including Afro-Cuban Jazz and Jazz On Record 1917-76

This new book by Trevor Salloum covers a topic that many are aware of, but for one reason or another, most do not stop to reflect on. The notated examples provide a good introduction to how Afrocuban percussion has been used in the jazz context, but the annotated discography is really a fantastic tool for learning because it points students and professionals to the source.

– Benjamin Lapidus,

Ph.D. Associate Professor of Music, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Trevor Salloum’s new book contains great historical information and an amazing discography which help clarify just how master percussionists have enhanced the music. – John Riley
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