MADRID (AFP) – Jerry Gonzalez, a US Latin jazz trumpeter and percussionist who performed with The Beach Boys and Dizzy Gillespie amongst others, has died, his music label mentioned Monday (Oct 1), after a reported fireplace in his Madrid home.
“The Sunnyside family is grieving today as we have lost our beloved friend and inspiration, the great Jerry Gonzalez,” Sunnyside Records tweeted.
“For over three decades, Jerry has been a constant joy in our lives through his music, his friendship and his undeniable spirit. We will miss him dearly.”
The jazzman, a famend “conguero” – a participant of the tall, slim conga drum – died aged 69 after struggling a cardiac arrest in a hearth in his home in Madrid, Spanish media reviews mentioned.
A spokesman at Madrid metropolis corridor informed AFP a 69-year-old man had been transported to hospital affected by smoke inhalation, however was unable to substantiate his id. He reportedly died in hospital.
Gonzalez based the Fort Apache Band and featured prominently in “Calle 54”, Spanish director Fernando Trueba’s documentary on Latin jazz, a style of jazz with Latin American – notably Cuban – rhythms as performed by jazz nice Gillespie.
He acquired a number of Grammy nominations.
In a tweet, Spain’s SGAE society for mental property rights mentioned Gonzalez had collaborated with The Beach Boys and in addition flamenco singers Diego el Cigala and Enrique Morente.
Gonzalez was raised in a musical family in New York’s Bronx, together with his father singing in varied native Latin bands in the course of the 1950s and his uncle enjoying guitar, in accordance with Sunnyside Records.
He began enjoying the trumpet aged 12 and later took to the conga in jam periods on tenement rooftops, within the streets and in parks, notably Central Park.
He received a scholarship for the New York College of Music and went on to have a prolific profession, mentioned his label, which described him as “one of Latin music’s most powerful and innovative congueros”.