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James Dreier Launches New Book

University of Iowa lecturer James Dreier is excited to announce the October 2015 release of his first book, Latin Jazz Guide, A Path to Authentic Percussion and Ensemble Performance, distributed by Hal Leonard Corporation.

Latin Jazz Guide is an efficient, easy-to-use guidebook for performing 12 of the most common Latin Jazz styles and is intended to be an important resource for band directors, musicians and arrangers alike. Percussion solution and jazz rhythm section scores are presented, along with performance tips, brief background and listening examples.

A companion website, latinjazzguide.com has been designed to be a hub for posting, discussions and questions and answers about all things Latin Jazz. Additional resources and styles, along with exclusive video examples, are available to those who purchase the book.

Latin Jazz Guide is a great resource to any jazz band director and/or musician who wants to get deeper into Latin jazz performance practice. A much needed book, accompanied by great website resources, that can make a difference when seeking to understand the muscial traditions necessary to achieve superior performance results. Bravo, James!” –Felipe Salles, Brazilian-born composer, saxophonist and educator (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Latin Jazz Guide will is available for purchase at all West Music stores, and online at latinjazzguide.comhalleonard.com and amazon.com

James Dreier is an Iowa native and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and the University of Iowa (M.A.). He has taken frequent research trips to Brazil and Cuba, and is a founding member of the Latin Jazz/Salsa group “Orchesta Alto Maiz.” He is a full-time lecturer in jazz studies at the University of Iowa, where his duties include directing the “UI Latin Jazz Ensemble.” He currently leads his own Latin jazz band, “Ritmocano.”

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