Chino Pozo

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Francisco "Chino" Pozo (born October 4, 1915 in Havana , † April 28, 1980 in New York City ) was a Cuban percussionist .

Pozo is the cousin of the singer and percussionist Chano Pozo and learned to play piano , bass and percussion by himself. He left Cuba for the United States in 1937 and played first with Machito from 1941 to 1943 , and from 1943 to 1949 with the "Jack Cole Dancers" and a number of orchestras of Cuban music, such as with Jose Curbelo and Tito Puente . He came into contact with jazz through Fats Navarro , AK Salim , Billy Taylor and Tadd Dameron ( Jahbero ). At the beginning of the 1950s he was involved in the “Afro-Cuban Suite” by Machito and Chico O'Farrill , in which Charlie Parker was featured as a soloist , accompanied Peggy Lee in 1954/5 and worked in 1955 with Stan Kenton and in 1956 with Herbie Mann . In the 1950s he also recorded with musicians such as Pérez Prado , Xavier Cugat (1959), René Touzet (1959), Illinois Jacquet , Les Jazz Modes , Chris Connor , Phineas Newborn and Dizzy Gillespie . In the 1960s he worked a. a. for Peggy Lee, Gábor Szabó and Clark Terry . He spent the last years of his life in Las Vegas, playing with Paul Anka .


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  1. ↑ was occasionally also given around 1977 in Las Vegas. The statement 1980 in New York in Feather, Gitler "Encyclopedia of Jazz"
  2. ↑ he claimed that himself, but is sometimes doubted.