Andy González (musician)

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Andrew "Andy" González (born January 1, 1951 in New York City ; † April 9, 2020 there ) was an American bassist of Latin jazz , who mostly appeared as Andy Gonzalez . His album Entre colegas was nominated for the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album .

Live and act

Andy González grew up as the son of Puerto Rican immigrants in the Bronx and initially learned the violin. At school he switched to the double bass and initially played in the Latin Jazz Quintet , which he founded in 1964 with his brother Jerry Gonzalez . He then joined the band of Mongo Santamaría and then played in the orchestras of Ray Barretto and Eddie Palmieri . Then he was the musical director of Manny Oquendo 's salsa ensemble , before joining the Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental , trying to fuse jazz and Latin American music in a different way. With his brother Jerry, Larry Willis and Steve Berrios he founded the Fort Apache Band in 1979 , in which he was successful for more than twenty years. He also played with Dizzy Gillespie , with Astor Piazzolla , in various band projects by Kip Hanrahan , with Conrad Herwig ( The Latin Side of Miles Davis ), with Yerba Buena , with Manny Oquendo and with Arturo O'Farrill . In 2008 he gave master classes at Codarts .

Discographic notes

  • Fort Apache Band: The River Is Deep (Enja, 1982)
  • Fort Apache Band: Obatalá (Enja, 1988)
  • Fort Apache Band: Fire Dance (Concord, 1996)
  • Arturo O'Farrill: Live in Brooklyn
  • Kip Hanrahan: Exotica (American Clave, 1992, with Don Pullen , Leo Nocentelli , Jack Bruce , Robbie Ameen , Milton Cardona , David Sánchez )
  • Entre colegas (Truth Revolution, 2016, with Luques Curtis , Zaccai Curtis, Nelson González, David Oquendo, Camilo Molina-Gaetan, Carlos Adabie, Nicky Marrero, Ricky Salas, Charlie Santiago, Vincent George, Ben Lapidus, Manuel Alejandro Carro, Roland Guerrero , Orlando "El Mostro De Camao" Santiago)

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Individual evidence

  1. Obituary. canciona que marropa, April 10, 2020, accessed April 10, 2020 (Spanish).