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Tommy Berrios

b. 23 Dec 1932, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Berrios find the vibraphone as his primary device although he was adept on various other percussion equipment. In the past due 50s he was using the Joe Panama Sextet so when Panama terminated his entire workers the musicians produced their own music group. These were nominally led by conga drummer Gilberto Calderón aka Joe Cuba as well as the Joe Cuba Sextet became extremely popular. Aside from Berrios, the music group included Nick Jiménez (b. 15 June 1929, Santurce, Puerto Rico; piano), Jules ‘Slender’ Cordero (b. 16 Dec 1925, NEW YORK, NY, USA; bass), Jimmy Sabater (b. Jaime Sabater, 11 Apr 1936, NEW YORK, NY, USA; timbales, vocals, composer), and Cheo Feliciano (b. 3 July 1935, Ponce, Puerto Rico; vocals). Berrios produced several albums using the Joe Cuba music group. However the Cuba music group’s playing was distinct the current presence of Berrios’ vibraphone echoed the audio of the presently well-known group led by vibraphonist Cal Tjader. The music group was effective on record as well as for live engagements in the brand new York area, specifically the student group who revelled in the rowdier amounts like the million-selling ‘Bang! Bang!’ and ‘Oh, Yeah!’.

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