Chano Pozo

Luciano Pozo González (January 7, 1915 in Havana – December 3, 1948 in New York City), known professionally as Chano Pozo was a Cuban jazz percussionist, singer, dancer, and composer. Despite only living to age 33, he played a major role in the founding of Latin jazz. He co-wrote some of Dizzy Gillespie's Latin-flavored compositions, such as "Manteca" and "Tin Tin Deo", and was the first Latin percussionist in Gillespie's band.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 7th, 1915 (Havana), Died December 2nd, 1942 (New York City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1940 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, lyricist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-050877 10-in. 5/27/1940 Blen blen blen Miguelito Valdés ; Xavier Cugat Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor E0FB-3941 10-in. 3/23/1950 Ariñañara Conjunto Tito Puente ; Alfredito Valdés ; Vicentico Valdés Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal duet composer  
Victor D9VB-2718 10-in. 12/2/1949 Si no tienes swing Miguelito Valdés Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Pozo, Chano," accessed September 22, 2021,

Pozo, Chano. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from

"Pozo, Chano." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 September 2021.

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