Pérez Prado

By Robert Leaver

 

             Cuban bandleader, arranger, and pianist Damaso Pérez Prado is universally recognized as the King of Mambo. His artistic flair helped make the mustachioed diminutive figure a memorable character. Variously conducting and playing the piano the hyper-animated Prado led an orchestra with a blazing brass section of saxophones and trumpets anchored in a solid Afro-Cuban rhythm section. Influenced by the great American swing jazz bands Prado’s arrangements crossed over easily as he became an... Read More

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