24 July 1941
The Bronx, New York, New York, United States
11 November 2017 (aged 76)
Bobby Matos (The Bronx, New York, July 24, 1941 - November 11, 2017) was an American Latin jazz percussionist.
Bobby Matos began playing music by hitting pots and pans in his grandmother's apartment. As a youth, he studied with conga drum masters Patato Valdez and Mongo Santamaria. While playing all over New York, he was encouraged to play timbales by Willie Bobo and Tito Puente and in the late 60s attended The New School and the Manhattan School of Music. Around this time, he recorded "My Latin Soul" for Phillips International Records, which became a cult classic. Bobby has toured and recorded with artists Ben Vereen, Bette Midler, Fred Neil, Jim Croce, Joe Loco, Ray Rivera, Miriam Makeba, and scores of others. He has an extensive discography and 5 critically acclaimed albums with Ubiquity Records. His latest record is "Gratitude" on Dawan Muhammadd's LifeForce jazz label.
Bobby Matos passed away in Los Angeles on November 11, 2017.
Bobby Matos' website: http://www.bobbymatosmusic.com/
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