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Ray Barretto - 100% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Funk Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 April 1929, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 February 2006, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. Born to Puerto Rican parents, Barretto was raised in East Harlem and the Bronx and was a prominent Latin band leader for many decades. However, he started his professional career as a jazz recording session conga player. To escape the ghetto he joined the army at 17. Infl Read more

Irakere - 94% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This pioneering Cuban jazz band, which began recording on an ad hoc basis in the late 60s, has been home to some of the country’s leading musicians. Irakere, which literally means ‘forest’, was the name of a drummer in Yoruba legend. The title was adopted by the band as a homage to the great drummer, and to reflect the percussive, Afro-Cuban emphasis of their mus Read more

Willie Bobo - 88% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin Urban & Rap World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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William Correa, 28 February 1934, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage, d. 15 September 1983, Los Angeles, California, USA. Growing up in New York’s El Barrio, Bobo was exposed to substantial doses of Latin music, jazz and R&B. These genres later jostled together in his work as a band leader. He started playing Latin percussion at the age of 14 (t Read more

Eddie Palmieri - 86% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eduardo Palmieri, 15 December 1936, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage. The self-avowed pioneering ‘oxygen cocktail’ of contemporary salsa, pianist, band leader, composer, arranger, producer Palmieri began playing the piano at the age of eight. He also played timbales, and wanted to specialize in the instrument, but changed his min Read more

Poncho Sanchez - 80% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 October 1951, Laredo, Texas, USA. The youngest of 11 children, Sanchez taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales before choosing the conga. He was raised in Norwalk, California, where he played with local bands although his first engagement was as a singer with an R&B band. Among the artists he listened to in these formative years were Machito, Tito Pue Read more

Tito Puente - 79% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernesto Antonio Puente Jnr., 20 April 1923, Harlem Hospital, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 May 2000, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parentage, Puente began piano lessons when he was seven years old and around the age of 10 started tuition in drums and percussion, which became his forte. Around 1936, Puente commenced his professional career as a drum Read more

Cachao - 69% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin World Music
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Cal Tjader - 54% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Jazz Latin Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Callen Radcliffe Tjader, 16 July 1925, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, d. 5 May 1982, Manila, Philippines. After studying formally, Tjader played drums with various bands on the west coast before joining Dave Brubeck in 1949. In the early 50s he played with Alvino Rey and also led his own small bands. By 1953, the year he joined George Shearing, he had added vibraphone and various Read more

Chucho Valdes - 50% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Jesús Valdés, 9 October 1941, Quivican, Cuba. A giant of Afro-Cuban jazz piano - it is said that the piano bench at the Teatro Nacional is permanently adjusted to fit him - Valdés is the son of legendary pianist and composer Bebo Valdés. Chucho was playing piano before he had even learned to walk properly, tutored by his piano-playing mother in ad Read more

Tito Rodriguez - 49% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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Pablo Rodríguez, 4 January 1923, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, d. 28 February 1973, New York University Hospital, New York, USA. Vocalist, percussionist, band leader, composer, producer, label boss Tito Rodríguez was ‘equally talented as an uptempo improvising sonero (singer in the salsa style) and a romantic singer’. ‘At its peak, the Rodr&ia Read more

Machito - 47% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Francisco Raúl Grillo, 16 February 1912, Tampa, Florida, USA, d. 15 April 1984, London, England. Raised in Cuba, Machito became a singer and maracas player, working with many of the best-known bands on the island. After arriving in New York, USA, in the late 30s, he became similarly well known as an accomplished player in various Latin-American dance bands. In 1941 he Read more

Joe Cuba - 45% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gilberto Miguel Calderon, 22 April 1931, New York City, New York, USA; of Puerto Rican parentage. Calderon, who was a salesman by day, played conga with the Joe Panama Quintet, whose other personnel were: Panama (leader/piano), Jimmy Sabater (timbales/vocals), Willie Torres (lead vocals), Tommy Berrios (vibraphone) and Roy Rosa (bass). In late 1954, the pianist, composer and Read more

Ibrahim Ferrer - 39% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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20 February 1927, San Luis, Cuba, d. 6 August 2005, Havana, Cuba. The release of the Grammy Award-winning Buena Vista Social Club in 1997 initiated a new era for Cuban music, propelling long-forgotten performers into the spotlight and making belated stars out of the artists such as pianist Rubén González, band leader Juan De Marcos Gonzalez, and singer Ibrahim Read more

Deodato - 35% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Classical Instrumental Jazz Latin R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eumir Deodato Almeida, 21 June 1942, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a child, Deodato (which translates as ‘god given’) taught himself to play keyboards and graduated to playing in local pop bands in his teens. He also worked as a session musician (keyboards, bass, guitar) before recording under his own name. His first success came in Brazil with his 1964 solo debut In& Read more

Compay Segundo - 33% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz, 18 November 1907, Siboney, Cuba, d. 13 July 2003, Havana, Cuba. Muñoz moved to Santiago (birthplace of ‘son’, Cuba’s national musical style) at the age of seven, and by 13 he was playing guitar and tres (Cuban variant of the guitar) in the bars of the city, as well as working as a barber and tobacco picker Read more


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