Paquito Hechavarria

Pianist Paquito Hechavarria, began his professional career as a teenage prodigy in the mid-1950s in his native Cuba. His impressive resume reads like a historical document of the Golden Age of Cuban music.

Hechavarria was already an established musician in 1955 playing with the Conjunto Colonial de Nelo Sosa. He was pianist with Conjunto Senen Suarez in 1957. By 1958 he was involved in the Club Cubano de Jazz, which was musical group featured at the famed Salon Arcos de Cristal de Tropicana, the same year he was also in Conjunto Casino. In 1960 he was the pianist and vibraphonist in Los Armonicos the most popular combo of the day.

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