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¡!Fiesta de Jazz! brings workshops and variety of jazz music to campus

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Peruvian dancer Nadia Calmet performs with the Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra during  El Camino's ¡!Fiesta de Jazz! on Saturday, May 5. Photo credit: Jack Kan

Peruvian dancer Nadia Calmet performs with the Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra during El Camino's ¡!Fiesta de Jazz! on Saturday, May 5. Photo credit: Jack Kan

Peruvian dancer Nadia Calmet performs with the Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra during El Camino's ¡!Fiesta de Jazz! on Saturday, May 5. Photo credit: Jack Kan

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On Saturday, May 5 El Camino College hosted ¡!Fiesta de Jazz!, a jazz festival that has been celebrated for the past five years in the Marsee Auditorium.

The jazz festival is an all day event showcasing a variety of jazz performers as well as a workshop for those thinking of pursuing a career in music.

“As a music student (at El Camino) I love coming to events like this,” Julia Magdelian, 23, music major said. “It reminds me of why I want to perform.”

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El Camino College music professor Alan Chan directs the ECC Concert Jazz Big Band during ¡!Fiesta de Jazz! on Saturday, May 5. Photo credit: Jack Kan

Outside of the auditorium, foods from different countries were available for anyone that was hungry.

“My family’s truck has been apart of this for three years now,” Manual Esparza, 21, business major said. “It’s a good way to try different stuff, there’s so much culture here from the music to the food,” Esparza said.

The pre-performance food appeared to hype up the crowd because as soon as the lights dimmed and the first set of performers were on stage, the crowd cheered loudly.

Two jazz groups from Palos Verdes and Lawndale High School performed first before the Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra took the stage.

“We started this group two years ago inspired by Afro-Peruvian music,” Anibal Seminario, group member of the Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra said.

The group was created by both Anibal Seminario and Lorenzo Ferreo who felt like incorporating Jazz and Peruvian music would be something new.

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Lorenzo Ferrero and Anibal Seminario both play saxophone in the "Afro-Peruvian Music" clinic, during El Camino's ¡!Fiesta de Jazz! in Haag Recital Hall on Saturday, May 5. Photo credit: Jack Kan

“We intended to mix jazz with Peruvian style of music,” Seminario said. “We felt at the time that it hasn’t been done before.”

The audience excitement grew even more once a Peruvian dancer appeared during the third song.

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Peruvian dancer Nadia Calmet performs with the Afro Peruvian Jazz Orchestra during El Camino's ¡!Fiesta de Jazz! on Saturday, May 5. Photo credit: Jack Kan

“I have been following the group for a awhile now,” Stephanie Cruz, 25, music major said. “As someone that is half Peruvian this is great. I love seeing my culture mixed in with music.”

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Tanya Silerio is a her second semester staff writer for The Union. She enjoys binge watching tv shows, listening to music, and reading. She plans on transferring this year and her goal is to work for a magazine or a radio station.
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