Chano Pozo & Dizzy Gillespie ‘Manteca’
7 January 2013 — Jazz on the Tube
Luciano Pozo González, better known as Chano Pozo was born on January 7, 1915 in Havana, Cuba. He was the first in a long line of Latin percussionists in Dizzy Gillespie‘s various bands. Dizzy’s dozens of Latin-flavored compositions, including the hit song “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo” (both co-written by Pozo), “Fiesta Mojo” and others – have Afro-Cuban drumming derived from the ritual rhythms of West Africa as their rhythmic backbones. Despite a short stint in Dizzy’s band abbreviated by Chano’s early death, Pozo’s influence could be felt in Dizzy’s playing and compositions for decades, which Dizzy acknowledged without hesitation. percussionist.