The first of a new two part series looking at the unique contribution of New York Latinos to jazz music.
Far from being a footnote in jazz history, Latin jazz has its own strong musical tradition that continues to the present day.
The first part begins with the father of Latin jazz, Mario Bausa and Dizzy Gillespie's epoch-making collaboration with the Cuban drummer Chano Pozo.
Continuing with figures like Tito Puente and Ray Barretto, it looks at how Latin jazz influenced the mainstream of jazz, reawakening appreciation of its African roots.
The programme features archive material from Dizzy Gillespie and exclusive interviews with some of the world's top Latin jazz musicians and experts including the leader of the Lincoln Centre Afro-Latin Jazz orchestra, Arturo O'Farrill, founder of the Fort Apache band Andy Gonzalez and musicologist Rene Lopez.
Also featured is a new and rare interview with revered Latin piano master Eddie Palmieri, celebrating his fiftieth year in music.