Biographies of All Musicians

New York City
Cha Cha Cha, Latin Jazz, Mambo
Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Tito Rodríguez moved to New York in 1940 when his parents died. There he stayed with his older brother Johnny, a successful singer who had moved to New York several years previously. A...
San Francisco
Latin Jazz, Latin Rock
In 1968 tenor saxophonist Emilio Castillo teamed with baritone saxophonist Steve Kupka to put together Tower of Power. Based in Oakland, the multi-racial band developed one of the tightest and funkiest horn sections of all time...
New York City
Salsa
William Anthony Colón was raised by his grandmother in the South Bronx. His first instrument was the trumpet, but he was inspired by Barry Rogers and Mon Rivera to switch to trombone, an instrument which he made his own...
Miami
Miami Music Scene
Willy Chirino, one of the architects of the “Miami Sound,” fused salsa, rock and pop to create songs that resonated with an international audience. Growing up in the small town of Consolación del Sur, Cuba...