‘The Spanish Tinge’

A South Bronx Tale

It all started with the mambo

Jelly Roll Morton talked about it: “The Spanish Tinge.”

From the beginning, it was an essential part of jazz.

Fact of history: Before the trade embargo against Cuba, Havana was New Orleans most important trade partner. If New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, then Havana is at least a cousin (and according to New Orleans master drummer Ed Palmer an older brother.)

Here’s “The Spanish Tinge” from the New York side.

This video covers the long rich history of Latin influence on American music from Mambo to Salsa to Hip Hop.