[JPL] tragic news from Miami

Arturo arturo893 at qwest.net
Mon Apr 18 19:07:32 EDT 2005


Ailing Musician Surrounded By Family & Loved Ones

Legendary Cuban musician Juan Pablo Torres, passed away this evening at
Doctor’s Hospital, where he had remained in a comma for several days after
suffering a series of setbacks to his health, a result of an inoperable
brain tumor. He was 59.

The famed icon, born in Puerto Padre, Cuba in 1946, is widely credited as
one of the most important figures in the history of Cuban music, and has
been categorized as one of the greatest Cuban musical directors, composers
and trombonists of all times. His contributions and career, spanning almost
half a century, earned him wide acclaim as a pillar in the growth and spread
of Cuban rhythm, and for helping lay the foundation for the recent explosion
in popularity and influence of Cuban music and culture throughout the world

Regarded as the most important post-1959 Cuban trombonist, Torres functioned
in 1979 as the catalyst of Estrellas de Areito, a truly incomparable
institution that – according to music scholars – gave new meaning to the
word descarga. Torres provided a crucial role in recordings by Bebo Valdez,
Tito Puente, Paquito D’Rivera, and Arturo Sandoval. He recorded over two
dozen LPs, including the popular 1995 Trombone Man, with Sony, which also
featured D’Rivera and pianist Hilton Ruiz. Pepper Trombone followed in
early 1997, and Son Que Chevere three years later.

On June 9, 2001, Torres led the Cuban Masters — Los Originales
at the Knight Center in Miami, the monumental concert event which brought
together the largest gathering ever of the most prominent living legends of
Cuban music, including other such greats as Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Jose
Fajardo, “Patato” Valdez and Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros. This important
recording session earned him two grammy nominations.

“Juan Pablo Torres was, and will forever remain, one of the true
giants not only of Cuban rhythm, but of music history. The Cuban nation
owes him a debt of gratitude. I am deeply honored and gratified to have
been able to know and collaborate with this artistic national treasure, and
be able to pay him in life the richly deserved tribute that was the Cuban
Masters. His legacy will continue to inspire future generations of
musicians the world over,” said Cuban Masters Executive Producer Horacio
Garcia, Jr. in Miami today, “Juan Pablo was a true genius. He will long be
remembered as a gem of Cuba’s heritage, and we hope that everyone who has
long cherished the remarkable contributions and talent of this treasure of a
musician and human being will join his family today in thought and prayer at
this very difficult moment. We will miss him greatly.”

Keeping vigil by Mr. Torres’s bedside at the time of his death
were members of his family, including his beloved wife Elsa. He is also
survived by his children Juan, Jr., Douglas, Dennis, Danny, Daniellys and
Yamina. Funeral services will be held at Ferdinand Funeral Home, 2546 S.W.
8 Street, Miami, on Tuesday, April 19th.

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