Delivered to Puerto Rican parents. Were only available in music in 1940. His initial work was with Un Sexteto Caney, after that followed stints using the Sensemaya Children, Jose Curbelo, Ralph Font, Noro Morales, and Juanito Sanabria. He offered 18 months in america Army. Being a civilian in 1947 he drummed for Bartolo Hernandez before signing up for the Joe Loco Quintet in 1952. His debut being a bandleader in 1956 led to popular LP. He graduated from Juilliard Conservatory of Music using a B.S. in 1966, and gained his experts a year afterwards.