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...By incorporating elements from jazz and classical music, Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla revolutionized the traditional tango into nuevo tango, or “new tango.” Piazzolla was born on March 11, 1921, in Mar del Plata, Argentina. However, his...
...As a singer-songwriter and visual artist, Dorival Caymmi provided a significant contribution to the birth of bossa nova in Brazil and its adjacent art forms. Born in Salvador in 1914, Caymmi began to perform on the radio in 1930...
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...Eddie Palmieri, or “El Maestro,” is a bandleader, arranger, and composer of salsa and Latin jazz, known for his innovative fusion of American jazz with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Palmieri was born on December 15, 1936, in New York, USA...

Tito Puente

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...Tito Puente was a bandleader, composer, and percussionist (timbales, in particular) in the Latin jazz genre. Also known as “the King of Mambo and Latin Jazz,” together with Latin jazz artists Mario Bauza, Machito, and Dizzy Gillespie...
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...As the international face of Latin American music and culture in the mid-twentieth century, Carmen Miranda emerged from Brazil to become a Hollywood icon. Born in Portugal in 1905, Miranda was christened “Carmen” as a tribute to her...
...Born on January 5, 1915, in Ceará, Brazil, Humberto Cavalcanti Teixeira was a musician and composer, notably known for his works with fellow composer Luiz Gonzaga. At an early age, Teixeira first learned to play the bandolim, or Brazilian...
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...The Panamanian singer, actor, and songwriter Rubén Blades brought a new level of political maturity to the salsa landscape. Born in Panama City in 1948, Blades’s family was involved in the entertainment industry. Influenced at an early age...
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...João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and guitarist. During the 1950s, Gilberto pioneered the sound of bossa nova, a style of Brazilian music that combines salsa with jazz. Credit for pioneering bossa...

Chick Corea

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...As one of the principal architects of jazz fusion, Chick Corea’s keyboard work established the instrument’s role in the new genre. Born in Massachusetts in 1941, Corea was raised surrounded by jazz records and the trumpet playing of his...
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...Throughout his career, Chico Buarque’s music and literary compositions were constantly attacked and censored by the government of his native Brazil. Born in 1944 in Rio de Janeiro, Buarque came from a family of academics and artists. His...