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Tito Puente - 100% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Latin World Music Jazz Television Drama Dance Latin Music & Radio Music Videos & Concerts Soundtracks
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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

Mongo Santamaria - 98% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Latin Jazz Pop / Rock
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Ramón Santamaría, 7 April 1922, Jesús María district, Havana, Cuba, d. 1 February 2003, Miami, Florida, USA. Percussionist and band leader Santamaría (nicknamed Mongo by his father) arrived in New York at the end of the 40s. There he performed with the first charanga (flute, violins, rhythm section and voices band) to be organized in the ci Read more

Poncho Sanchez - 98% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Latin World Music
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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

Cal Tjader - 84% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Jazz Latin Vocals Pop / Rock
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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

Ray Barretto - 68% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Latin World Music Jazz
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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

Joe Bataan - 63% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Dance World Music
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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

Eddie Palmieri - 56% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Latin World Music Jazz Latin Music Videos & Concerts
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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

Chucho Valdes - 42% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Latin
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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

Arturo Sandoval - 36% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Jazz Drama Latin World Music Documentaries Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Television Holiday & Seasonal Jazz Kids & Family
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6 November 1949, Artemisa, Havana, Cuba. Starting out as a student of classical trumpet, Sandoval quickly turned to jazz and during the 70s attracted worldwide attention not only for the technical brilliance of his playing but also through the exhilarating Latin influence of his work. He was a founding member of the Orquestra De Música Moderna, which evolved into Irak Read more

Charles Earland - 36% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Jazz
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24 May 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 11 December 1999, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Earland began his musical career, playing saxophone, while still at school. First on alto and then tenor, he played with a number of bands and soon after graduation joined the small band led by organist Jimmy McGriff. Later, he formed a band of his own using the currently popular o Read more

Dizzy Gillespie - 34% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Jazz Drama Easy Listening Pop / Rock Television Big Band & Swing Blues Documentaries Music & Radio Musicals & The Arts
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John Birks Gillespie, 21 October 1917, Cheraw, South Carolina, USA, d. 6 January 1993, Englewood, New Jersey, USA. Born into a large family, Gillespie began playing trombone at the age of 12 and a year or so later took up the trumpet. Largely self-taught, he won a musical scholarship but preferred playing music to formal study. In 1935 he quit university and went to live in Read more

Ramsey Lewis - 32% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Jazz Holiday & Seasonal R&B / Soul Pop / Rock
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Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis, 27 May 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Lewis started playing piano at the age of six. He graduated from school in 1948, after winning both the American Legion Award as an outstanding scholar and a special award for piano services at the Edward Jenner Elementary School. He began his career as an accompanist at the Zion Hill Baptist Church, an experience o Read more

Candido - 30% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Jazz Latin
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Candido Camero de Guerra, 22 April 1921, Havana, Cuba. Turning to percussion in his early teenage years, after a brief flirtation with bass and guitar, Candido became an important member of the Cuban musical hierarchy. Despite his popularity in Cuba, in 1952 he was tempted to the USA by Dizzy Gillespie, with whom he played and later recorded. During the mid-50s, he played wi Read more

Roy Ayers - 29% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: Jazz R&B / Soul Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Action & Adventure Soundtracks
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10 September 1940, Los Angeles, California, USA. A popular jazz vibraphonist and vocalist, Ayers reached the peak of his commercial popularity during the mid-70s and early 80s, crossing over into the mainstream charts. He is also justly celebrated as an important influence on the latter decade’s acid-jazz movement. Read more

Machito - 28% match to Willie Bobo

Genres: World Music Latin
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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

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