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JosŤ Curbelo
Birth: Feb. 18, 1917
Havana
La Habana, Cuba
Death: Sep. 21, 2012
Miami
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA

Latin jazz bandleader, composer. Best known as one of the pioneers of the "cha-cha" in the United States. Young graduated at the Conservatory Molinas in Havana, after co-founded the Orquesta Havana Riverside in Cuba, in 1939 he moved to the United States where played the piano for several well-known musicians, including Xavier Cugat. In 1942, Curbelo with his band, began to popularize a musical genre consisting of a mixture of big-band jazz with Afro-Caribbean rhythms. Among the most famous musicians who played in his orchestra during the 40's, Tito Puente and Tito Rodriguez. During his career he has recorded numerous songs, including the classics "Managua, Nicaragua", "Live at the China Doll", "Cha Cha Cha in Blue" and "La Familia", became latin jukebox standards. He passed away because of heart failure. (bio by: Lucy Caldarelli) 
 
Burial:
Our Lady of the Rosary and Prayer Gardens
Miami
Miami-Dade County
Florida, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Lucy Caldarelli
Record added: Sep 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97692772
JosŤ Curbelo
Added by: Lucy Caldarelli
 
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- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Sep. 21, 2013
God bless you on your birthday and always. Rest in Peace.
- Thelma
 Added: Feb. 18, 2013
Happy Birthday!
- Cindy
 Added: Feb. 18, 2013
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