Jazz at the MACC: Jazz Influenced by Africa

Jazz at the MACC: Jazz Influenced by Africa

The Kuumba Dancers & Drummers have been sharing authentic West African drum and dance culture in Tampa Bay since 1980. I’m inviting four of my friends from Kuumba to join the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective for our most ambitious show yet – a fusion of Jazz with West African drum and dance. My goal from the beginning of the Jazz Collective was to bring Southwest Florida rare Jazz experiences that can’t be found anywhere else. This definitely qualifies!

The Gulf Coast Jazz Collective is inviting Master Drummer and teacher Cheikh N’Dong from Senegal, Dundunfola Domenique Green, and professional West African dancers Kya Conner and Beryl Colbert for a celebration and fusion of Jazz and West African drum and dance.

We’re getting more and more ambitious here at the GCJC, can’t wait to introduce you to my friends!

Gulf Coast Jazz Collective

Founded in 2021, the Gulf Coast Jazz Collective brings the best of live Jazz performance to Southwest Florida. Under the artistic direction of drummer, educator, composer & arranger Paul Gavin, the Jazz Collective invites the best artists from the country to collaborate in concerts that span the entire genre of Jazz.

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Kuumba Dancers and Drummers

Kuumba Dancers and Drummers

Paul Gavin

Paul Gavin

Brandon Robertson

Brandon Robertson

Zach Bartholomew

Zach Bartholomew

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