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Ray Barretto

  • Birth 29 Apr 1929
  • Death 17 Feb 2006
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: In Puerto Rico and New York
  • Memorial ID 13381724

Jazz Musician. He was born in Brooklyn (New York), the son of Puerto Rican immigrants, and died in Hackensack (New Jersey). He was one of the most profilic and influental Latin percussionists in the history of modern jazz and a pioneer of the salsa movement. He released nearly two dozen albums with the Fania label from the late-'60s until salsa's popularity peaked in the mid-1980's. His album Ricanstruction is considered a salsa classic.In 1989, he obtained a Grammy Award for his work Ritmo en el Corazón, with Celia Cruz. The last month, he was named Jazz Master in the National Endowment for the Arts. He was known as El Rey de las Manos Duras (the King of Hard Hands) for his style of playing the drums, very influenced for drummer Chano Pozo.

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni
  • Added: 17 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13381724
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ray Barretto (29 Apr 1929–17 Feb 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13381724, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a In Puerto Rico and New York.