Joe Cuba

Genres: Jazz Pop / Rock
Tags: salsa latin jazz latin jazz boogaloo mambo Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 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 arranger Nick Jiménez replaced Panama and Calderon took over leadership. At Panama’s instigation, the musicians’ union prohibited the use of his name, and acting on a promoter’s suggestion, the group became the Joe Cuba Sextet. Latin music historian, Max Salazar, has cited singer/composer Willie Torres and Nick Jiménez as pioneers of the use of English lyrics in Latin music. Apparently, in early 1952 they performed a mambo arrangement of ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’. The popularity of the English lyric songs Torres performed with the Joe Cuba Sextet...

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