Luciano "Chano" Pozo Gonzalez
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. 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"
Unfortunately Chano Pozo had a hot temper and he was killed in a Harlem bar a month shy of
his 34th birthday
Like many Cuban musicians, he was Abakwa
and belonged to the Ekue Munanga Efo lodge.
CD with Chico O'Farill.
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