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Birth Name: Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo
Born: 1909/12/03
Genres: Jazz, Latin, Pop, World

Machito (December 3, 1909 – April 15, 1984), born as Francisco Raúl Gutiérrez Grillo in Havana, Cuba, was an influential Latin jazz musician. His sister was the singer Graciela. Machito played a huge role in the history of Latin jazz. His bands of the 1940s, especially the band named the Afro-Cubans, were among the first to fuse Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz improvisation. Machito was the front man, singer, conductor, and maraca player of the Afro-Cubans and its successors. Machito's brother-in-law Mario Bauza, the musical director, influenced Machito to hire jazz-oriented arrangers. As a result Machito's music greatly inspired such North American jazz giants as Dizzy Gillespie and Stan ... Continue Bio >>

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