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Willie Bobo


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Genres: Jazz, Latin, Pop, Rap/Hip Hop

Willie Bobo was the stage name of William Correa (February 28, 1934 – September 15, 1983), an American jazz percussionist. William Correa grew up in Spanish Harlem, New York City. He made his name in Latin Jazz, specifically Afro-Cuban jazz, in the 1960s and '70s, with the timbales becoming his favoured instrument. He met Mongo Santamaría shortly after his arrival in New York and studied with him while acting as his translator, and later at age 19 joined Tito Puente for four years. The nickname Bobo is said to have been bestowed by the jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams in the early '50s. His first major exposure was when he joined George Shearing's band on the album ''The Shearing Spell''... Continue Bio >>


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