The Journey of Clave
Join the Robert Jospé Trio for an interactive concert tracing the journey of a rhythm’s evolution, from its earliest African roots to the popular music of today. The trio features a powerhouse of local talent: Jospé playing a variety of percussion instruments and a full drum set, former keyboardist for the Dave Matthews Band, Butch Taylor, and virtuoso Dane Alderson on electric bass.
The 5-beat rhythm of the clave [klah-vey] is the musical and historical key that unlocks the link between the rhythms of Africa, Afro-Cuban and Latin music, jazz, fusion, R&B and funk. The word “clave” refers to both the percussion instrument itself–round hardwood sticks–and the rhythm it is famous for, the 3/2 or 2/3 rhythmic backbone that holds all the different polyrhythms together in the rich and diverse array of music styles that fall under the genre of contemporary and classic jazz.