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Candido Camero


One of the great Cuban conga players and percussionists to come in the wake of Chano Pozo, he has been a constant source of authentic Afro-Cuban rhythms since his arrival in the early ‘50’s. Born Candido Camera, 22 April 1921, Havana, Cuba, with no formal musical training, Candido is largely self taught. He originally started playing on bass and guitar, and later began playing bongos and conga drums. He was with Station CMQ Radio Havana for six years, after which, in 1947 to 1952, he worked with Armando Romue at the Tropicana Club in Havana, Cuba. In Oct. 1952, he emigrated to the USA, and after a six week engagement at the Clover Club in Miami (with the 'Night In Havana' show), he traveled to NYC. There, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie took him to the Downbeat Club on New York's famed 52nd Street where he sat in with pianist Billy Taylor's group, and worked for the next year with Taylor


Article: Year in Review

2021: The Year in Jazz

Read "2021: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The jazz world continued grappling and adjusting in year two of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Jazz Day again went virtual for the most part. Singer Tony Bennett put the final stamp on his touring--and likely recording--career after his Alzheimer's disclosure. Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield was headed to federal prison. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four ...


Article: Year in Review

2020: The Year in Jazz

Read "2020: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The COVID-19 pandemic put the jazz world in a tailspin, just like the world at large, in 2020. And there is plenty of uncertainty going into the new year about what “new normal: might emerge from the darkness. International Jazz Day, like so many other things, became an online virtual event this time around. Pianist Keith ...


Article: Year in Review

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2020" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov

As 2020 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Gary Peacock, Ennio Morricone, Keith Tippett, Henry Grimes, Bucky Pizzarelli, Wallace Roney and many others including NEA Jazz Masters Jimmy Cobb, Lee Konitz, Candido Camero, ...

News: Obituary

Cándido Camero (1921-2020)

Cándido Camero  (1921-2020)

Cándido Camero, a conga and bongo player who moved to New York from Cuba in 1946 and wound up recording on hundreds of jazz, Latin and disco albums, died November 7. He was 99. Cándido's arrival coincided with a wave of Cuban and Puerto Rican immigration. Quotas were eased to take the stress off sagging economies ...


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Felix Langford

Read "Take Five With Felix Langford" reviewed by Felix Langford

Meet Felix Langford:At 13, I fell in love with the art of percussion and I credit my brother, John (Doc), as the one responsible for teaching me basic beats and exposing my ears to some of the hippest and most innovative cats on the jazz scene. He exposed me to trendsetters like John Coltrane, ...


News: Interview

Drummer Matt Wilson Interviewed at All About Jazz...And More!

Drummer Matt Wilson Interviewed at All About Jazz...And More!

Drummer Matt Wilson must surely be in the running for the title of hardest-working man in jazz. Wilson is a composer, bandleader, producer and teacher. As a leader, his projects include the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts & Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. He has been in bands with luminaries such as Joe Lovano, ...


News: Recording

Jazz at Lincoln Center to Release "WeBop"

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) will release WeBop: A Family Jazz Party, a CD featuring kid-tested and approved music on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The recording brings the very best of JALC's WeBop classes in NYC home to families worldwide. Critically-acclaimed drummer and music director Matt Wilson leads an intergenerational band of celebrated jazz musicians, including ...


The Volcanic Plus Latin Fire

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2011


Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Max Johnson

Read "Take Five with Max Johnson" reviewed by Max Johnson

Meet Max Johnson:Max Johnson is a New York-born bassist, composer, and bandleader best known for his work in New York's free jazz and bluegrass scenes. He has played with numerous artists including Anthony Braxton, Candido Camero, Henry Grimes, Perry Robinson, Vernon Reid, William Parker, and countless others.Instrument(s):Bass.Teachers and/or ...


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