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Bobby Matos


Bronx born Bobby Matos began playing music beating on pots and pans in Grandma’s apartment and went on to backstage informal lessons with conga drum masters Patato Valdez and Mongo Santamaria; and then on to composition and arranging studies at Manhattan School of Music. His first gigs were in the early ‘60’s bohemian Greenwich Village Cafes, but he soon found himself playing in every type of venue; from Bronx dance halls to Carnegie Hall, to elegant supper clubs, Central Park Concerts, Off Broadway theaters, and after hours clubs in El Barrio After touring and recording with artists like Ben Vereen, Bette Midler, Fred Neil, Jim Croce, Ray Rivera, Joe Loco, Miriam Makeeba, and many others, Bobby relocated to Los Angeles where he began experimenting with an Afro Cuban Jazz band where he could blend (and bend) musical elements from Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Palmieri, and the rich legacy of Afro Cuban music. In the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, Matos recorded several albums, most notably 5 well received CDs for Ubiquity Records’ spin off Cubop label, and began touring internationally


Bobby Matos: Ritmo & Blues

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: 1st Hey Senorita; 2nd Senor Blues(vocal); 3rd Bruca Manigua; 4th You Send Me; 5th Dejarla Pasar; 6th Fever; 7th Lover Boy; 8th Tin Tin Deo; 9th I Want You; 10th Stagg Street; 11th Unchain My Heart; 12th Ain't Too Proud To Beg; 13th Shoo Doo Be Doo; 14th Senor Blues(instrumental)


Article: Album Review

Bobby Matos Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble: Bobby Matos: Ritmo & Blues

Read "Bobby Matos: Ritmo & Blues" reviewed by Chuck Koton

Fate blessed Bobby Matos. For a kid who dreamed of growing up to be a Latin jazz musician, he could not have been born in a more fortuitous time and place. In the years after World War Two, Nueva York's Hispanic population exploded. Between the years 1940 and 1960, the number of Puerto ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 6)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 6)

Artists spend the lives in the creative realm of the world, overflowing with new and exciting musical ideas. In fact, they rarely spend a day in search of new ideas or possibilities. The only issue becomes reconciling their abundance of creative energy with a world that doesn't see the same possibilities. The reality of this clash ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 5)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 5)

One of the most exiting parts of being a seasoned professional is the ability to touch other people's artistic statements and make a difference. During an artist's younger days, their main focus lies upon their own personal development as a musician. While they reach their peers, their collaborations generally don't make overarching impacts. More experienced professionals ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 4)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 4)

Every musician reaches a point in their life when they simply need a change. Too much of any good thing can drive a person to boredom and an overload of the negative powers will certainly make an artist crazy. When a musician reaches this point, the need for change drives their next set of decisions. In ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 3)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 3)

The music business presents a crazy ride for any young artist, sending them through waves of ups and downs. When an artist first ventures into the wild frontier known as the music business, all the rules and everyday procedures seem absolutely foreign. Everything must be learned, and in many cases, it must be learned the hard ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 2)

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 2)

Musical growth never occurs instantaneously, it's an evolutionary process that happens through incremental learning. Every musician starts somewhere, whether it's through contact with an instrument, hearing an inspirational recording, or getting words of wisdom from a mentor. Moving forward, their task is to piece together an understanding of music bit by bit, through a number of ...


News: Interview

Latin Jazz Conversations: Bobby Matos (Part 1)

Music forms a powerful connection with young people, and for those with a predisposition to music, it inspires any number of reactions. Every listening experience becomes a revelation, and exposure to great music will only heighten their enthusiasm. Movement becomes mandatory as they interpret the nature of the beat combined with their own instinctual emotions around ...


Article: Live Review

The Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Saville Theater

Read "The Bobby Matos Latin Jazz Ensemble at the Saville Theater" reviewed by Robert Bush

Bobby Matos Latin Jazz EnsembleSaville Theater, San Diego City CollegeSan Diego, CAJune 29, 2010 Tuesday's concert was another excellent installment in the “Jazz Live" series, promoted and co-sponsored by San Diego City College and one of the few true jazz radio station's left in our country, KSDS Jazz 88. Once a month during ...


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