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Willie Bobo - 100% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Jazz 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

Ray Barretto - 96% 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

Tito Puente - 76% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Jazz Latin Latin 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

Poncho Sanchez - 70% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin 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

Eddie Palmieri - 66% 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

Irakere - 63% 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

Cachao - 51% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin World Music
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Deodato - 40% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Classical Electronic & Ambient 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

Willie Colon - 39% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Anthony Colón, 28 April 1950, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parents, Colón, as a trombonist, singer, composer, producer, arranger and actor, organized his first band in 1964. He made his recording debut as a band leader on a self-produced single released on the Futura label, which was co-founded by Al Santiago. At the age of Read more

Cal Tjader - 38% 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 - 38% 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

Jimmy McGriff - 35% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Jazz R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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James Herrell, 3 April 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Encouraged by a musical home environment (both his parents were pianists), by the time he left school, McGriff played not only piano but bass, vibes, drums and saxophone. He played with Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Charles Earland and Donald Bailey in his youth, but after two years as an military policeman in the Read more

Celia Cruz - 33% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Latin Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alonso, 21 October 1924, Santa Suarez district, Havana, Cuba, d. 16 July 2003, New Jersey, USA. Described as the ‘Queen of Salsa’ - just one of her several superlative epithets - Cruz will be remembered as the most influential female in the history of Afro-Cuban music. Her family and neighbours became aware of the young Celia’s singing Read more

Joe Bataan - 32% match to Mongo Santamaria

Genres: Dance Latin R&B / Soul World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Bataan Nitollano, 1942, New York City, New York, USA. Although he became noted in the world of Latin music, Bataan’s mother was African American and his father Filipino. Bataan started singing in informal doo-wop groups in the streets of Spanish Harlem but fell in with bad elements. At the age of 15 he was sent to a correctional facility following charges connected with Read more

Joe Cuba - 32% 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


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