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Mario Bauzá & Machito

Posted in music by adeli on October 13, 2009

The Cuban musicians Mario Bauzá and Machito played a huge role in the history of Latin jazz. Machito’s bands of the 1940s, especially the Afro-Cubans, were among the first to fuse Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation. Machito was the singer, conductor, and maraca player of the Afro-Cubans. Machito’s brother-in-law Mario Bauza was the musical director of the band.

Mario Bauzá

(Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo) “Machito” and His Afro-Cubans