Chano Pozo

Chano Pozo (January 7, 1915 - December 2, 1948) was a percussionist with a musical background from Cuban religious cults. Born in Havana, he played a major role in the founding of Latin jazz, and was a renowned session player. Once Pozo became famous he also became renowned by his sense of fashion: his all-white top hat and tuxedo look predated that of Flavor Flav by at least 45 years. Pozo and an impromptu group of fellow musicians and singers wrote a conga music composition that earned them first prize in the Santiago de Cuba carnival of 1940: "La Comparsa de los Dandys", a composition that is considered by some to be the unofficial theme song of the city of Santiago, and a song standard at many Latin American carnivals. ...show more

Chano Pozo (January 7, 1915 - December 2, 1948) was a percussionist with a musical background from Cuban religious cults. Born in Havana, he played a major role in the founding of Latin jazz, and was a renowned session player. Once Pozo became famous he also became renowned by his sense of fashion: his all-white top hat and tuxedo look predated that of Flavor Flav by at least 45 years. Pozo and an impromptu group of fellow musicians and singers wrote a conga music composition that earned them first prize in the Santiago de Cuba carnival of 1940: "La Comparsa de los Dandys", a composition that is considered by some to be the unofficial theme song of the city of Santiago, and a song standard at many Latin American carnivals.

In 1947 Pozo moved to New York City where he met Dizzy Gillespie. They played bebop together in a big band, most notably songs like "Cubana Be", "Cubana Bop", "Tin Tin Deo", and "Manteca". Pozo co-wrote the latter two. Chano Pozo was killed in a fight in a Harlem, New York bar at the age of 33, allegedly in an argument over the quality or authenticity of a bag of marijuana he had bought from his eventual assassin.

He is buried in the Colon Cemetery, Havana His grandson JoaquĆ­n Pozo who lives in Cuba as of 2006, is also a famous conguero.. ...show less

Albums & Singles by Chano Pozo