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Mario Bauzá Interview, Tape 3



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Final part of three-part Ruth Glasser interview of Afro-Cuban jazz musician Mario Bauzá. During the interview Mario talks about racism in the music industry and the difficulties he had with white musicians. He goes on to say that what you saw on the stage was not truthful, there was no integration off the stage. Later during the interview Mario talks about his personal life.

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.




00:45:23 [Side A]
00:16:17 [Side B]




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