Julito Collazo

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Julio "Julito" Collazo (1925 – March 5, 2004) was a master percussionist. Julito Collazo_sentence_0

Collazo was born in Havana, Cuba. Julito Collazo_sentence_1

He began playing the ritual music of Santería on the batá drums at the age of fifteen. Julito Collazo_sentence_2

He moved to United States in the fifties to join in a world tour with the Afroamerican dancer Katherine Dunham and her Dance Company. Julito Collazo_sentence_3

Julito Collazo is one of a handful of Cuban percussionists who came to the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. Julito Collazo_sentence_4

Other notable Cuban percussionists who came to the U.S. during that time include Luciano "Chano" Pozo, Mongo Santamaría, Armando Peraza, Francisco Aguabella, Carlos Vidal Bolado and Modesto Durán. Julito Collazo_sentence_5

In the United States Collazo rose to prominence recording and performing with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Mongo Santamaría, Silvestre Méndez, Dizzy Gillespie and Machito, among others. Julito Collazo_sentence_6

These collaborations were magisterial and provide motivation and feedback for researchers, and assure the relevance of the research to the goal of improving the performance of batá drums. Julito Collazo_sentence_7

Collazo died in New York City of undisclosed causes at age 78. Julito Collazo_sentence_8

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  • Caliente ("Hot") (Puerto Rican and Cuban musical expression in New York City) clicking here:Julito Collazo_item_0_0

With Eddie Palmieri Julito Collazo_sentence_9

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With Tito Puente Julito Collazo_sentence_10

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