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Alberto Socarrás Estacio

Alberto Socarrás Estacio
(Manzanillo, 19 September 1908 – New York, 26 August 1987), was a Cuban-American flautist who played both Cuban music and jazz.

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Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros

Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros (born April 4, 1928) is an Afro-Cuban trumpeter born in Santa Clara, Las Villas Province in Cuba. Alfredo Armenteros first began playing in a band led by the sonero/composer René Álvarez called Conjunto Los Astros and soon after with Arsenio Rodríguez. The nickname "Chocolate" was bestowed on him owing to a case...

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Anibal Vazquez

Anibal Vazquez
Anibal Vazquez considered one of the last of the great mambo dancers from the New York City Palladium era, Anibal Vazquez was a member of the legendary dance team " The Mambo Aces." His peers included the great dancers and bandleaders of Latin music. Anibal collapsed while dancing at New York City's Copacabana on June...

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Arsenio Rodríguez

Arsenio Rodríguez
Birth name    Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull Born    August 31, 1911 Güira de Macurije, Matanzas Province, Cuba Origin     Cuba Died    December 31, 1970 (aged 59) Los Angeles, California, United States Genres    Son montuno, guaracha, guaguancó, bolero, afro, cha-cha-cha, lamento Occupations    musician Instruments    tres, tumbadora (conga) Arsenio Rodríguez (born Ignacio Arsenio Travieso Scull, Güira de Macurije, 31...

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Barry Rogers

Barry Rogers
Birth name Barron W. Rogers Born May 22, 1935 Origin The Bronx, New York, United States Died April 18, 1991 (aged 55) Washington Heights, Manhattan, United States Genres Jazz, Pop, Salsa, Soul Occupations Musician, Arranger, Producer Instruments Trombone, Wagner tuba Associated acts Average White Band Dreams Fania All-Stars Machito Eddie Palmieri Tito Puente James Taylor White...

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Beny Moré

Beny Moré
Benny Moré (Bartolomé Maximiliano Moré Gutiérrez, 24 August 1919 – 19 February 1963), or Beny, was a Cuban singer. He is often thought of as the greatest Cuban popular singer of all time. He was gifted with an innate musicality and fluid tenor voice which he colored and phrased with great expressivity. Moré was a...

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Carlos Patato Valdes

Carlos Patato Valdes
carlos patato valdes (November 4, 1926 – December 4, 2007) was a Cuban-born American conga player.  In 1955 he emigrated from Cuba to New York City  where he played with Willie Bobo in Harlem.  He was also known by the name "Patato".  He invented and patented the tunable conga drum (earlier drums had nailed heads)...

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Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz
Birth name Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso Also known as La Reina de la Salsa, La Guarachera de Cuba Born October 21, 1925 Havana, Cuba Died July 16, 2003 (aged 77) Fort Lee, New Jersey, U.S. Genres Salsa, Bolero, Cha-cha-cha Occupations Singer Years active 1948–2003 Labels Fania Records, RMM Records & Video,...

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Chano Pozo

Chano Pozo
Luciano Pozo González, better known as Chano Pozo (January 7, 1915 in Havana - December 3, 1948 in New York City)He was an Afro-Cuban jazz percussionist, singer, dancer and composer who played a major role in the founding of Latin jazz. Although he lived but 33 years, no discussion of Latin jazz is complete without...

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Charlie Palmieri

Charlie Palmieri
Charlie Palmieri (November 21, 1927 – September 12, 1988) was a renowned bandleader and musical director of salsa music. He was known as "The Giant of the Keyboards". Also known as    "El Gigante de las Blancas y Las Negras" Born    November 21, 1927 New York City, New York Died    September 12, 1988 (aged 60) New

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Cheo Feliciano

Cheo Feliciano
José Luis Feliciano Vega, better known as Cheo Feliciano (July 3, 1935 – April 17, 2014) was a Puerto Rican composer and singer of salsa and bolero music. Feliciano (birth name: José Luis Feliciano Vega  was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, the second largest city in the island located in the southern part of Puerto...

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Don Azpiazu

Don Azpiazu
Pianist Don Azpiazu led the first authentic Cuban band to perform on Broadway. It was his dream to someday combine together Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation but the Afro-Cuban jazz movement was a decade away when he arrived on the scene. However, he did have a first-class Cuban dance band that introduced such songs as...

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Ernesto Lecuona

Ernesto Lecuona
Ernesto Lecuona y Casado (August 6, 1895 – November 29, 1963) was a Cuban composer and pianist of worldwide fame. He composed over six hundred pieces, mostly in the Cuban vein, and was a pianist of exceptional skill. His father was Canarian and his mother was Cuban. Lecuona was born in Guanabacoa, Havana, Cuba. He...

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Francisco Angel Bastar (Kako)

Francisco Angel Bastar (Kako)
KAKO (b Francisco Angel Bastar, '36, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico; d 29 July '94 USA) Timbales, conga and bongo player/ composer KAKO got inspired from Salsa music history. Kako's contribution to salsa music plays an important role in modern day's Salsa music education.  He was a popular Latin bandleader in the 60s, especially in...

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Frankie Dante

Frankie Dante
One of the most colorful and talented individuals in the music industry was the inimitable Frankie Dante. His bohemian behavior endeared him to the countless fans that followed his Orchestra Flamboyan whenever they performed. Sadly, Frankie, born in Santo Domingo in 1945, succumbed to cancer on March 1 of 1993. He is still appreciated by...

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Frankie Ruiz

Frankie Ruiz
Birth name    Jose Antonio Torresola Ruiz Also known as    El Papá de la Salsa [1] Born    March 10, 1958 Paterson, New Jersey, USA Died    August 9, 1998 (aged 40) New York, New York, USA Genres    Salsa Years active    1971–1998 Labels    Rodven Records Ruiz (birth name: Jose Antonio Torresola Ruiz [note 1]) was born in Paterson,...

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Gerardo “Jerry” a/k/a “Gerry” Madera

Gerardo “Jerry” a/k/a “Gerry” Madera

Born June  1960, son of Jose 'Pin' Madera saxophonist of the Machito Orchestra for 40+ years.

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Graciela Pérez Gutiérrez

Graciela Pérez Gutiérrez
Graciela Pérez Gutiérrez (August 23, 1915 – April 7, 2010) was a Cuban-American singer of Latin Jazz, known as The First Lady of Latin Jazz. Graciela Pérez-Gutiérrez was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in the Afro-Cuban Jesús María neighborhood. A pioneer in music, as a black Cuban woman, in a so-called man's world, she...

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Héctor Lavoe

Héctor Lavoe
Héctor Juan Pérez Martínez (September 30, 1946 – June 29, 1993), better known as Héctor Lavoe, was a Puerto Rican salsa singer.  Lavoe was born and raised in the Machuelo Abajo sector of Ponce, Puerto Rico. Early in his life, he attended a local music school and  developed an interest inspired by Jesús Sánchez Erazo....

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