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East Side Story

Episode 1 of 4

Series revealing the musical and social impact of Latin music in the USA. This part examines how Afro-Cuban music has affected jazz, pop rhythms and dance styles.

The first of a four-part series revealing the deep musical and social impact of Latin music in the USA.

The massive success of Santana's innovative Latin-blues at the Woodstock Festival leads back in time to the first Cuban immigrants arriving, with their Afro-Cuban music, into the States. Using feature film clips, rare archive and location filming, the programme examines how Afro-Cuban music has impacted - since early last century - on jazz, pop rhythms and dance styles.

From Cuban rumba to New York mambo, Latin music enthralled 1950s America, challenging racial attitudes and changing the stereotypes projected in movies like West Side Story. It influenced Hollywood, TV sitcoms and 60s rock 'n' roll, as the Beatles and many American R&B bands absorbed Latin rhythms into the wider worlds of rock music, fashion and culture.

Featuring Carlos Santana, Cachao, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie and the greatest names in Afro-Cuban music.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 22 Apr 2018 23:30

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Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • Santana

    Soul Sacrifice

  • Carlos Santana


  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra

    Rhapsody in Blue

  • Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra

    The Melting Pot Medley

  • Orquestra de Enrique Peoa

    El Automovil

  • Pío Leyva

    A La Pelota Con Carlota

  • Panorama

    El Clarin de la Selva

  • Conjunto

    La Cartera (Sexteto Version)

  • Sidney Bechet

    You Can't Live In Harlem

  • Chick Webb

    Stompin' at the Savoy

  • Ray Santos


  • Don Aspiazu and his Orchestra with Antonio Machin

    El Manisero (The Peanut Vendor)

  • Machito & his Afro Cubans


  • Machito & his Afro Cubans


  • Machito & his Afro Cubans


  • Xavier Cugat

    Jungle Rhumba

  • Ricardo Montalban with Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra

    My Heart Beats Faster

  • Omara Portuondo

    Viente Anos

  • Candido Camero

    Manteca (Conga arrangement)

  • Dizzy Gillespie

    Salt Peanuts

  • Chris Washburne


  • Dizzy Gillespie

    Cubana Bop

  • Dizzy Gillespie


  • Pío Leyva

    Ay! Cantando Mi Son

  • Noro Morales

    Mambo Coco

  • Machito and His Orchestra


  • Tito Rodríguez


  • Bobby Sanabria


  • Tito Puente


  • Machito & his Afro Cubans

    Mambo Inn

  • Patti Page

    How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

  • Machito & his Afro Cubans

    Cuban Fantasy

  • Xavier Cugat

    Cuban Mambo

  • Ed Sullivan Show Orchestra

    After Supper

  • Augie Rodriguez


  • Cast of West Side Story


  • Vaughan Monro

    They Were Doing The Mambo

  • Pérez Prado

    Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

  • Desi Arnaz & Lucille Ball - That Means I Love You

  • The Beatles

    A Hard Day's Night

  • The Beatles

    Twist and Shout

  • The Drifters

    Save the Last Dance for Me

  • The Kingsmen

    Louie Louie

  • The Beatles

    Day Tripper

  • Machito & his Afro Cubans


  • Celia Cruz


  • The Rascals

    Good Lovin'

  • Gábor Szabó

    Gypsy Queen

  • Grateful Dead

    Playing in the Band

  • Cliff Martinez

    No Swinging the Club in the Car

  • Johnny Pacheco

    Soy de Batabano

  • Santana

    Santana Jam

  • Celia Cruz & Fania All-Stars

    Bemba Colora

  • Johnny Colón

    Boogaloo Blues

  • Héctor Lavoe

    Mi Gente

  • 00:02

    Leonard Bernstein


    Performer: Betty Wand. Performer: George Chakiris.
  • 00:03

    Ricky Martin

    Livin' La Vida Loca

  • 00:42

    Leonard Bernstein

    Dance At The Gym

  • 00:43

    Leonard Bernstein


  • 00:48

    The Beatles

    A Hard Day's Night


Role Contributor
Executive Producer Mark Cooper
Producer Jeremy Marre


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