- Luca Cerchiari
(b Havana, Cuba, April 28, 1911; d New York, July 11, 1993). Cuban trumpeter. He learned clarinet, oboe, and flute before studying trumpet with Lazaro Herrera and subsequently played with the groups of Antonio Maria Romeu, Domingo Corbacho, and Belisario Lopez, among others. In 1930 he moved to New York, where he performed from 1932 to 1939 with the orchestras of Noble Sissle, Chick Webb, Sam Wooding, and Don Redman. A meeting with John Bartee, Cab Calloway’s arranger, inspired him to develop a synthesis of the cuban clave and the latest jazz, which became known as Afro-Cuban jazz. Bauzá subsequently began working with the percussionist Frank Grillo (later known as Machito) to integrate jazz elements into Cuban dance music. After that collaboration finished, he joined the Cab Calloway orchestra in 1939, brought Dizzy Gillespie into the band, and encouraged him to explore Afro-Cuban music. From 1940 he was music director of Machito’s re-formed Afro-Cubans for nearly 35 years. In ...