The acoustically friendly Emerson Auditorium on the Union College campus was comfortably filled with dozens of jazz lovers when Dr. Jose Cruz, the driving force behind Jazz/Latino, Inc., addressed the audience from the stage. In the background, the hearty laughter and friendly banter between the members of the Jazz/Latino All Stars could be heard through an open door. Cruz chuckled and commented tongue-in-cheek to the audience, “They must be having some party back there.”
And they probably were. The first set had revealed glimpses of improvisational brilliance to the audience assembled, but now, during the intermission, the group had a moment to catch their collective breath, chat and laugh together while planning their second set.