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Bobby Carcasses

Bobby Carcassés

New Album “De La Habana a Nueva York” 9 songs...featuring Dafnis Prieto: drums, Yosvany Terry: saxophone & chekere, Osmany Paredes: piano, Yunior Terry: bass, Marvin Diz: percussion, special guest Andrea Bratchfeld: flute.

Whereas in the past he has been popularly known as the perfect “Showman” and Entertainer, Bobby is now considered the ultimate Guru of Afrocuban Jazz, offering inspiration to the up and coming generation of new Cuban Jazz musicians as many of the Best new talents have started their careers playing with Bobby’s band.

He was born on August 29th 1938 in Kingston Jamaica, where his Cuban grandfather worked as a Diplomat. Upon moving to Villa Clara in Cuba at the age of four, Bobby grew up surrounded by Cuban rhytms, listening to Benny Moré, Conjunto Casino & Roberto Faz. He also acquired a Love for an eclectic spectrum of music from the Opera Star Enrico Carusso and Mexico’s enigmatic Jorge Negrete to the Jazz Supremos Sarah Vaugahn, Buddy Rich and Stan Getz.

By the 1950’s he was envolved with some of the best vocals quartets in Cuba and whilst playing for many years at The Tropicana the very center of Cuban Jazz at the time, he began to experiment with Bebop and Scat vocals. In the 60’s he traveled to Europe, spending a year in Paris where he played with the Legendary Kenny Clarke and Bud Powell.

When he returned to Cuba he worked in the Teatro Musical where he met trhee of the Futurs founders of the Legendary “Irakere” : Chucho Valdes, Carlos Emilio Morales and Paquito D’ Rivera.

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Paquito D’Rivera:

“Many years ago, against all hope and without any official support whatsoever, Bobby Carcasses and I started the first Cuban Jazz festival at La Casa de la Cultura in (What was left of) Havana. Carcasses is the one to be credited as the man with the idea, and I just followed his contagious enthusiasm. I still remember that Leonardo Acosta presented a show entitled “Bop and Modalismo” with the great Emiliano Salvador playing the piano.

“A person I so deeply admired as an artist as much as a “Cuban Being”.

“As an entertainer, as well as a unique plastic artist, I think my old friend Bobby Carcasses deserves to receive in the USA the recognition.

Sincerely:Paquito D'Rivera New York, February 7th-2010

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