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Born Francisco Grillo in Florida, the man who came to be known as Machito was raised in Cuba, where he began working as a singer and percussionist. In the late '30s, he came to New York and began playing with various Latin bands. In the early '40s, with the help of brother-in-law Mario Bauza, Machito started one of the most popular bands of the early mambo era, Machito & His Afro-Cubans. Bringing a strong element of jazz harmony and improvisation to his sound, Machito collaborated with numerous American… Show more

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