The Music's Over

but the songs live on forever

  • Archives

  • Categories

  • Subscribe

  • Join 1,818 other subscribers

  • Follow And Like

  • Meta

Posts Tagged ‘Machito’

Died On This Date (February 8. 2012) Jimmy Sabater Sr. / Latin Music Great

Posted by themusicsover on February 8, 2012

Jimmy Sabater
April 11, 1936 – February 8, 2012

Photo by Victoria Will

Born and raised in Spanish Harlem area of New York City, Jimmy Sabater, Sr. took a liking to the Latin music he constantly heard in and around the neighborhood.  As a teenager, he was particularly moved by the what he heard coming from Tito Puente, Machito, and Willie Bobo, so he took up the timbales.  He was also possessed one of the smoothest voices Latin music has ever known.  By the mid ’50s, Sabater was part of a collective called the Joe Cuba Sextet who quickly found appreciative fans throughout the clubs of Harlem as well at resorts in upstate New York.  The group recorded several landmark albums over the next three decades including 1966’s Wanted Dead or Alive (Bang! Bang! Push Push Push) which was the first boogaloo album to sell over 1 million copies.  Sabater left Cuba’s band in 1977 and went on to sing and play for  Al Levy and Eddie Palmieri, among others.  He also released a handful of his own albums on the legendary Fania Records.   Jimmy Sabater Sr. was 75 when he died of natural causes on February 8, 2012.

Thanks to Eric Foss at Secret Stash Records for the assist.

What You Should Own

Click to find at amazon.com

Wanted Dead or Alive - Bang! Bang! Push, Push, Push - Joe Cuba



Posted in Latin, Musician, Singer | Tagged: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Died On This Date (February 8. 2012) Jimmy Sabater Sr. / Latin Music Great

Died On This Date (April 15, 1984) Machito / Influential Latin Jazz Singer

Posted by themusicsover on April 15, 2010

Machito (Born Francisco Grillo)
December 3, 1909 – April 15, 1984

Machito was a Latin musician who, during the ’40s, took jazz improv and married it with Afro-Cuban rhythms to help popularize Latin jazz around the world.  As a band leader, he fronted the Afro Cubans, who also featured his sister, Graciela Perez-Grillo as lead vocalist for a time.   Machito was awarded a Latin Grammy in 1983 for his Machito & His Sals Big Band ’82, and his Kenya: Afro-Cuban Jazz of 1957 was memorialized in 2005’s 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.  Machito died of a fatal stroke he suffered while performing on April 15, 1984.  He was 74.

What You Should Own

Click to find at amazon.com

Kenya - Machito

Posted in Jazz, Latin, Musician | Tagged: , | Comments Off on Died On This Date (April 15, 1984) Machito / Influential Latin Jazz Singer