Noro Morales

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Noro Morales (left, his brothers Esy (with flute) and Humberto in the back), around 1947

Noro Osvaldo Morales (born January 4, 1911 in Puerto de Tierra , Puerto Rico , † January 16, 1964 in San Juan , Puerto Rico) was a Puerto Rican mambo and rumba musician and representative of Latin jazz .


Morales learned the trombone, bass and piano and became a member of a dance orchestra led by his father. He lived in Colombia from 1924 to 1930 , then returned to Puerto Rico, where he joined the orchestra of Rafaél Muñoz .

In 1935 he went to New York , where he first played in the bands of Alberto Socarras and Augusto Coen and in 1937 founded the Hermanos Morales Orchestra with his brothers Humberto and Esy , which later became Noro Morales And His Orchestra . Morales himself played the piano there; the ensemble already had the typical Latin rhythm section with double bass, bongos , congas , timbales and claves . With Serenata Ritmica (Decca 1942) he established his reputation as the best representative of Latin jazz in the 1940s and 1950s alongside Machito .

In the early 1960s, Morales returned to Puerto Rico, where he performed with musicians such as Tito Rodríguez , José Luis Moneró , Chino Pozo , Willie Rosario and Tito Puente . He also built his own band again, which played for four years in the La Concha Hotel in San Juan.

Morales recorded a number of albums and became known as a performer of classics such as Perfume de Gardenia , Silencio , Arráncame la Vida , Malditos Celos and Tres Palabras . Since the early 1990s, numerous of his recordings have been reissued. The discographer Tom Lord lists his participation in seven recording sessions between 1953 and 1956.


  • Puerta de Tierra, 110th Street & Fifth Avenue , 1949
  • Lecuona's Afro-Cuban Suite , 1957
  • No Blues, Noro , 1960
  • Mi Guagira & Vitamina , 1961
  • Coma Esta , 1961
  • Recordando Los Exitos De Noro Morales , 1992
  • Noro Morales , 1996
  • Rumbo Mambo Cha-Cha-Cha , 1999
  • Serenata Ritmica , 1999
  • La Rumba Buena , 2000
  • Walter Winchell Rumba , 2000

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Individual evidence

  1. Tom Lord : The Jazz Discography (online, accessed December 16, 2016)