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This ensemble was formed by Dr. Juan Álamo, Associate Professor of Music at UNC, in 2014 as an experimental music project. Being born and raised in Cidra, Puerto Rico, Dr. Álamo cultivates Marimjazzia’s vibrant sound through combining Afro-Caribbean rhythms, particularly those from Puerto Rico, with the melodic elements of jazz. Marimjazzia’s sound also draws upon on well-known vibraphonists such as Cal Tjader, Bobby Hutcherson, Dave Samuels, and Milt Jackson.

To create their vibrant sound, Dr. Álamo will be joined by fellow UNC Music Professor Steven Anderson on piano, Pete Kimosh on bass, Beverly Botsford playing percussion, and Brevan Hampden on drums.

You can listen to Marimjazzia on YouTube and on their website or listen to them perform the song, “I Want to Stand Over There,” from their October 4, 2018 performance at Music on the Porch.

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