Yes, this is America (what a concept!), and that great ocean of genius and joy otherwise known as Latin Jazz (vastly under-appreciated in the Anglo world) celebrates the birth of a giant today, a Swedish American!
Cal Tjader. And why not? Current stars in that great galaxy of stars include Brian Lynch and Conrad Herwig. Perhaps we can say that when Dizzy Gillespie met Chano Pozzo it was a meeting of the great spirits. Likewise, when Cal played with the great Eddie Palmieri, it was also epochal. If these names are unfamiliar to you (other than Dizzy of course), then shame on you, you can't call yourself American. At least IMHO.
Proof of life: Listen to this selection and if you don't feel like dancing, then you're dead. And never even lived.