Brooklyn-based composer and saxophonist Michael Webster specializes in effervescent compositions that marry classical music's essence with the verve of Latin jazz. The Ottawa, Canada native’s pieces have been played by the likes of Arturo O'Farrill at Birdland and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Symphony Space.
This past September, Webster was part of a charitable cultural exchange called Horns to Havana. As part of a group of distinguished musicians from the U.S. jazz community, he went down to the Cuban capital and delivered instruments to four musical schools. Webster and the other players also spent a week teaching jazz techniques to music students.
Download Webster's percussive piece, "Integrity," from his 2006 debut album "Leading Lines" above. The song is inspired by a salsa-like genre of Cuban music known as timba. Or catch the Michael Webster Quintet at Park Slope’s Brooklyn Lyceum on Wednesday night.