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Primary Instrument: Percussion

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....
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    Acknowledgement

    LifeForcejazz
    2006
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    Acknowledgement

    LifeForcejazz
    2005
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    Made by Hand

    Life Force Jazz
    2004
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    Mambo Jazz

    Tzadik
    2001
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    Live At Moca

    Tzadik
    1999
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Featured recording “Unity”

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Unity

(2009)

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