Historical Figure













:: Chano Pozo

   Innovator of AfroCuban and Jazz Fusion




Born 1/7/1915, killed in a bar room fight in Harlem 12/2/48. Played with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Chico O'Farrill, Carlos "Patato" Valdes, Miguelito Valdez, and many others as well. He got his start after moving to New York in 1947 when Mario Bauza got him to play with Dizzy Gillespie, an event that changed the course of American Jazz.


Unfortunately Chano Pozo had a hot temper and he was killed in a Harlem bar a month shy of his 34th birthday Chano brought to jazz a vocabulary of West African culture. He was an initiate in the santería and abakuá religions. He performed chants that most people were hearing for the first time through live performance and recordings. It was a unique way of throwing Africa--the roots of jazz--in everybody's face." (Bobby Sanabria, LATIN BEAT Magazine)



:: Significant Work


Chano Pozo thereby played a major role in the founding of Latin-jazz which was essentially a mixture of bebop and Cuban folk music. He gained his musical background from AfroCuban religions. Among his features with Dizzy were "Cubana Be," "Cubana Bop," "Tin Tin Deo" and "Manteca" which was later a big hit with Eddie Palmieri and Cal Tjader. Pozo co-wrote "Tin Tin Deo" and "Manteca." (Bobby Sanabria, LATIN BEAT Magazine)





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