Bobby Carcassés

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Gender MALE
Industry Arts
Occupation Jazz Musician, Plastic Artist, writer
Location Havana, Cuba
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Introduction Born on August 29th 1938 in Kingston Jamaica, where his Cuban grandfather worked as a Diplomat. Upon moving to Villa Clara in Cuba at the age of four, Bobby grew up surrounded by Cuban rhytms, listening to Beny Moré, Conjunto Casino & Roberto Faz. He also acquired a Love for an eclectic spectrum of music from the Opera Star Enrico Carusso and Mexicos enigmatic Jorge Negrete to the Jazz Supremos Sarah Vaugahn, Buddy Rich and Stan Getz. Bobby is the creator of The Havana Plaza Jazz Festival.
Interests Music, Jazz, Scat, Acoustic, Kriya Yoga, Literature, Plastic Arts... Whereas in the past he has been popularly known as the perfect Showman and Entertainer, Bobby is now considered the ultimate Guru of Afrocuban Jazz, offering inspiration to the up and coming generation of new Cuban Jazz musicians as many of the Best new talents have started their careers playing with Bobbys band.
Favorite Music Jazz, Timba, Son, Be-Bop, Acoustic, Cuban, Brazilian...
Favorite Books Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Bobby is part of a tradition of singers who, within a Son, Guaracha or Bolero format integrate other influences such as Mambo or Guanguancó. The most famous example is Beny Moré, but Bobby also remembers Francisco Fellové who towards the end of the forties created a style of singing known as Scat which Bobby has developed to an outstanding degree.