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date: 27 January 2020

González, Jerrylocked

  • David F. Garcia


(b Bronx, NY, June 5, 1949; d Madrid, Spain, Oct 1, 2018). American trumpet player, percussionist, and bandleader. González’s childhood home was filled with Latin music and jazz. He began studying the trumpet in middle school and continued his musical training at New York University. In 1974 he and his brother Andy organized Conjunto Anabacoa, a descarga or Latin jam band, in response to what they considered to be the commercialization of Latin music marketed as salsa. A year later the band changed its name to Grupo Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorquino and included seasoned musicians Chocolate Armenteros, Manny Oquendo, Milton Cardona, Gene Golden, and others. César Miguel Rondón aptly characterized Grupo’s aesthetic as yesterday’s music presented through today’s perspective, and today’s music presented through yesterday’s perspective. The band’s first album, Concepts in Unity (1975), featured combinations of Afro-Caribbean folkloric and popular music. González later organized his most successful and prolific ensemble, Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band, whose ...

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