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Julian Gerstin

Julian specializes in the traditional styles of Cuba, Martinique, Ghana ... and experimental jazz. Since moving to Vermont in 2006, Julian has co-founded the jazz-Mideastern-Caribbean ensemble As Yet Quintet, founded the Caribbean jazz band Zabap, performed with the Windham Orchestra, Afrocuban folkloric dance troupe Grupo Palo Santo, and jazz vocalist Samirah Evans; sung with the River Singers chorus; and accompanied the choirs Emerald Stream, Brattleboro Community Chorus, and Brattleboro Women’s Chorus. In California from 1984-2006, Julian was a percussionist with the African bands Kotoja and Zulu Spear, experimental jazz artists Joel Harrison and Eddie Gale, Brazilian samba groups Batucada Nana and Batucada do Leste, Afro-Cuban dancer Judith JustĂ-z, Ghanaian drummer C.K. Ladzekpo, world beat band Syncrosystem, and numerous others. He is equally proud of regular appearances in the famous Cuban rumba sessions at La Peña CafĂ©.

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Putney, VT

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Private and group percussion lessons, 1980-present (traditions of Cuba, Brazil, Martinique, Ghana; popular styles of Cuba, Brazil, Martinique, other Caribbean, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa). Latin Jazz Ensemble, 2006-present, Vermont Jazz Center. Ph.D. 1996 University of California, Berkeley. Courses taught: Music of Africa, African Diaspora, Latin America; World Music; Jazz History; American Music History; Music and Social Movements; various graduate-level courses. Keene State College (NH), Marlboro College (VT), Wesleyan University (CT), Clark University (MA), and several colleges in California before moving East in 2006.

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