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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Ocasio Camp Now in Session

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 3:30 PM

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The fifth annual Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Music Camp, honoring the popular area musician and music educator who died in an auto accident in January 2004, is currently in session at Baldwin-Wallace College.

Students from grade 8-12 of all levels of musical ability and training are spending a week on campus immersed in the technique and culture of Latin jazz.

Tomorrow at 7 p.m., in B-W’s Gamble Auditorium in the Kulas Musical Arts Center (96 Front St., Berea), the public can get a taste of what they’re up to, when the campers present a free concert, showcasing the traditional and contemporary Latin-jazz numbers that make up the core of the camp’s curriculum.

They’ll be joined by New York-based percussionist Bobby Sanabria, a former Berklee College classmate of Ocasio’s who serves as the camp’s artist in residence, and faculty members Brazilian vocalist-guitarist Luca Mundaca, Mexican jazz/pop pianist Enrique Haneine (also a Berklee grad) and members of the 12-year-old Roberto Ocasio Latin Jazz Project, which survived its leader’s death and continues to maintain his legacy.

The concert will also spotlight 17-year-old Jorge Santana, a flutist who has attended every camp since its inception. —Anastasia Pantsios

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