Daniel Ponce (b. 1953, Havana - d. 2013, Miami): A percussionist and bandleader, Ponce began playing music in Cuba, but fully dedicated himself to music as a profession when he arrived in the United States in 1980. He performed in albums by Kip Hanrahan, Paquito D'Rivera, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Laurie Anderson and Mick Jagger, among others. His solo albums include New York Now, Arawe '87 and Chang√≥ te llama. Known as a virtuoso of the conga drums, he performed in many major venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Jazz Festival. Ponce received the Creative Artists public service award for composition. (Cintas for music, 1991-92)

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