Perez Prado, Damaso
- Steven Loza
Perez Prado, Damaso (11 December 1916–14 September 1989), pianist, composer, and bandleader, was born in Matanzas, Cuba. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father was a journalist. He studied classical piano during his youth and worked as a pianist in a charanga orchestra. By the early 1940s he was based in Matanzas and performing in various orchestras. During the mid-1940s he began to experiment with the mixture of jazz and Afro-Cuban musical genres. He became known by his double family name, Perez Prado, many having confused “Perez” as his first name. In 1948 he moved to Mexico City....