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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.

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Albums

Bobby Matos: Ritmo & Blues
Bobby Matos: Ritmo &...
Self Produced
2015
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Unity
Unity

2009
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Acknowledgement
Acknowledgement
LifeForcejazz
2005
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Made by Hand
Made by Hand
Life Force Jazz
2004
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[no cover]
Mambo Jazz
Tzadik
2001
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[no cover]
Live At Moca
Tzadik
1999
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Videos

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