Bauzá, Mario

Mario Bauzá (b. 1911, Havana-d. 1993, New York): A legendary trumpet man and orchestra director, Bauzá was often called the father of AfroCuban jazz. Bauzá first played in the United States in the 1920s with Orquesta de Antonio María Romeu. In the 1930s, he played with the Chick Webb Band and later became musical director and first trumpet for the Cab Calloway Orchestra. During his time with the orchestra, he was influential in the development of the young trumpet player Dizzie Gillespie. He led the orchestra Machito y sus AfroCubans and the Orquesta Afro-Cubana de Jazz. When he died at the age of 82, his music was experiencing a popular revival. He had just completed recording the CD 944 Columbus, which was released posthumously, and which followed The Tanga Suite, My Time is Now and El legendario rey del mambo, all issued in the early 1990s. (Cintas for music, 1988-89)

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