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Mario Bauzá Interview, Tape 2



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Continuation of Ruth Glasser interview of Mario Bauzá. He talks about his style and the people who influenced him. A talented section player who rarely soloed, Mario Bauzá's main importance to music was behind the scenes as one of the main instigators of Afro-Cuban jazz, the potent mixture of Latin rhythms with jazz.

Mario Bauzá (4/28/1911 - 7/11/1993) an Afro-Cuban jazz musician who had a career spanning seven decades. Introducing his unique Cuban musical style to the New York City jazz scene , Mr. Bauzá was one of the first musicians to introduce Latin music to the United States. In 1933, Mr. Bauzá was hired as lead trumpeter and musical director for Chick Webb’s Orchestra. During his time with Webb, Mr. Bauzá met fellow trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and discovered singer Ella Fitzgerald who he brought into the band. Mr. Bauzá continued to work with Mr. Gillespie for several years. The fusion of Mr. Bauzá's Cuban musical heritage and Mr. Gillespie's bebop culminated in the development of “Cubop” one of the first forms of Latin Jazz. As the musical director of Machito and His Afro-Cubans, Mr. Bauzá and the band had a major hit with "Tangá. Music critics believe this was first true Afro-Cuban jazz song or Latin Jazz tune. Mr. Bauzá was the first to explore jazz arranging techniques with authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms on a consistent basis giving it a unique identifiable sound that no other band in the genre of Afro-Cuban-based dance music had at the time.

Language: English




00:46:01 [Side A]
00:46:03 [Side B]




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2 tapes dated 6/2/89, interview in English