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Mexican Composer, Pianist, Trumpeter, Vocalist, and Drummer • April 3, 1924 – September 9, 2021 • Jazz
- Tino Contreras was born in Chihuahua, Mexico.
- He lived to be 97 years old – died in 2021.
- Plays several instruments – drums, piano, voice, and trumpet.
- Started his first band, Los Cadetes del Swing, with his brother when he was only 15 years old.
- Founded one of Mexico’s first jazz clubs called El Regus.
- He released 59 albums throughout his career.
- He was influenced by music from all around the world with one of his primary influences being India and South Africa.
- He won a National Festival of Jazz award 8 years in a row (1959-1966).