Biographies of Miami Musicians

Miami
Miami Music Scene
Albita Rodriguez grew up in Havana, Cuba, the daughter of popular musicians who introduced her to the world of guajira, or Cuban folk music. She began performing as a teenager and, by the late 1980s, Albita had become a star as...
Miami
Latin Jazz
Born in the small town of Aremisa, Cuba, Arturo Sandoval was the son of an auto mechanic, and he began playing trumpet at age 11. Three years later in 1964, he was accepted to study classical trumpet at the National School of...
Miami
Latin Rock, Miami Music Scene
In the early 2000s, Miami-based Bacilos were one of the most popular Rock en Español bands, scoring hits on the Billboard Latin charts and winning a 2003 Grammy for Best Pop Latin Album for Caraluna. In the mid-1990s,...
Miami, New York City
Conga
Desi Arnaz first gained national attention as a musician with his hit single, Babalú, but it was his role as Cuban-American bandleader Ricky Ricardo on the popular TV comedy, I Love Lucy, that made him famous and...
Miami
Miami Music Scene
Beginning in the mid-1980s, Gloria Estefan emerged as one of the biggest new pop stars and went on to become the most popular crossover artist in Latin music history with seven Grammy Awards and sales of more than 80 million...
Miami
Latin Jazz, Mambo, Miami Music Scene
Israel “Cachao” López was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1918, in a family of musicians.  At the age of nine he began playing bass professionally, accompanying silent movies at a local theater.  He received...