Sabu Martinez

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BornSabu Martinez_header_cell_0_1_0 Louis Martinez

July 14, 1930 New York City, USSabu Martinez_cell_0_1_1

DiedSabu Martinez_header_cell_0_2_0 January 13, 1979 (aged 48)

SwedenSabu Martinez_cell_0_2_1

OccupationSabu Martinez_header_cell_0_3_0 Conguero, PercussionistSabu Martinez_cell_0_3_1

Louis "Sabu" Martinez (July 14, 1930 – January 13, 1979) was an American conguero and percussionist. Sabu Martinez_sentence_0

A prominent player in the Cubop movement, Martinez appeared on many important recordings and live performances during that period. Sabu Martinez_sentence_1

Martinez also recorded several Latin jazz albums, now recognized as classics of the genre. Sabu Martinez_sentence_2

Born in New York City, Martinez made his professional debut in 1941 aged 11. Sabu Martinez_sentence_3

He replaced Chano Pozo in Dizzy Gillespie's orchestra in 1948, and began performing with Benny Goodman's Bebop Orchestra in 1949. Sabu Martinez_sentence_4

Over the next 15 years, Martinez worked with Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, J. Sabu Martinez_sentence_5 J. Johnson, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Mary Lou Williams, Lionel Hampton, Noro Morales, Marcelino Guerra, Esy Morales, the Lecuona Cuban Boys, Miguelito Valdés, Tito Rodríguez, and the Joe Loco Trio. Sabu Martinez_sentence_6

He also worked with vocalists Tony Bennett, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Harry Belafonte. Sabu Martinez_sentence_7

Martinez first recorded with Art Blakey in 1953, and contributed to his Orgy in Rhythm and Holiday for Skins projects from 1957 to 1958. Sabu Martinez_sentence_8

Martinez became a bandleader in 1957, recording his debut album, Palo Congo, for the Blue Note label. Sabu Martinez_sentence_9

He followed it up with releases on Vik and Alegre Records. Sabu Martinez_sentence_10

Martinez moved to Sweden in 1967 and recorded with the Francy Boland-Kenny Clarke big band, releasing two albums. Sabu Martinez_sentence_11

Subsequently, he led the group Burnt Sugar, which was active into the mid 1970s. Sabu Martinez_sentence_12

On January 13, 1979, he died in Sweden at the age of 48 from a gastric ulcer. Sabu Martinez_sentence_13

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  • Sabu Martinez (1957) Palo Congo, featuring Arsenio RodríguezSabu Martinez_item_0_0
  • Sabu Martinez (1958) Sorcery!Sabu Martinez_item_0_1
  • Sabu Martinez (1961). . Alegre Records.Sabu Martinez_item_0_2
  • Sabu Martinez (1973). . Grammofonverket.Sabu Martinez_item_0_3

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