Jerry González

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Jerry González
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Background information
Birth nameGerald González
Born(1949-06-05)June 5, 1949
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
OriginThe Bronx, New York, U.S.
DiedOctober 1, 2018(2018-10-01) (aged 69)
Madrid, Spain
GenresAfro-Cuban jazz, Latin Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger
InstrumentsTrumpet, flugelhorn, congas
Associated actsConjunto Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorkino, Eddie Palmieri, Manny Oquendo, Batacumbele, The Fort Apache Band, Los Piratas del Flamenco, El Comando de la Clave

Jerry González (June 5, 1949 – October 1, 2018)[1] was an American bandleader, trumpeter and percussionist. He was of Puerto Rican descent.

Along with his brother, bassist Andy González, he played an important role in the development of Latin jazz during the late 20th century. During the 1970s, both played alongside Eddie Palmieri and in Manny Oquendo's Conjunto Libre, and from 1980 to 2018 they directed The Fort Apache Band.

From 2000 to 2018, González worked for Los Piratas del Flamenco and El Comando de la Clave.

On October 1, 2018, González died of a heart attack after a fire in his home in Madrid, aged 69.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Robayo, Luis. "Jerry González Dies After Fire in His Madrid Home: Report". Billboard. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  2. "Muere tras un incendio en su casa Jerry González, pionero del jazz latino". (in Spanish). El Mundo. Retrieved 1 October 2018.