Latin jazz is a hybrid form of music that originated in the 1940s and that combines African and Latin American rhythms with jazz harmonies made popular in the US. It is essentially a blend of bop-style jazz with Latin percussion. Two main categories are Brazilian and Afro-Cuban, and subgenres include salsa, merengue, songo, son, mambo, bolero, charanga, chachachá, bossa nova, and samba.
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