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LUCIANO POZO GONZALEZ By Harold Valle, Jazz Poet (“Keeper of the Secrets”) Keeper of the Tradition Many momentous historical events transpired in the year 1915. One could fill volumes of large books. For the musical world, three wonderful births occurred in 1915 that are close to our hearts, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Luciano Pozo Gonzalez, popularly known as Chano Pozo. Chano was born on January 7, 1915 in a one room apartment located in Havana, Cuba. The proud parents were Encarnacion Gonzalez and Cecilio Pozo. Chano had a half-brother named Felix Chappotin who later became known for his excellent trumpet playing in the 1950’s with his conjunto “Chappotin and Sus Estrellas.” It was stated that Chano was a wayward youngster who was always prone to doing exciting things. As a teenager he was confined for a period of time in a reform school. Chano acquired a reputation as a street fighter who didn’t shy away from trouble. Chano demonstrated his skills as a drummer and dancer in street bands such as El Barracon del Pueblo Nuevo and La Sultans de Barrio Colon. In the mid 1940’s Chano and his brother Chappotin co-directed a band named El Conjunto Azul for several years. Chano met Mario Bauza in December 1945 in Havana. Mario was familiar with Chano’s compositions, for the Machito Band had recorded some of his songs. It should be noted that Chano did not write music, but would hum the tune which would then be written out by a copyist. Such tunes as “Para-Param- Pampin” and “Nague” were hits for bands such as Noro Morales, Xavier Cugat, Augusto Coen, Miguelito Valdes and Machito. Chano came to New York City in 1946 and was later introduced by Mario Bauza to Dizzy Gillespie, the great jazz innovator who played with Mario in the Cab Calloway Band. Dizzy needed a conga player to add to the new musical concept he was exploring, Chano consented to join. It was a beautiful relationship despite the language barrier. Chano was responsible for Dizzy’s great hits such as Monteca; Cubano Be, Cubano Bop; and Tin Tin Deo. On December 2, 1948, Chano was in the El Rio Bar & Grill located on the corner of 111th Street and Lenox Ave. (Now Malcolm X Blvd.) New York City. Due to a dispute, Chano was shot six times by an assailant while he was listening and dancing to Monteca being played on the Juke Box. Chano was only 33 years of age at the time of his tragic death. In spite of his demise, Chano’s drumming legacy and songs will forever abide in the annals of Latin Jazz everywhere in the world. Mr. Valle is known as the keeper of the secrets. This is his title bestowed on him by the Jazz fans at “Club Jazz966” in Bed Stuy. Harold always makes sure the Jazz fans understand where the music comes from. Page 50 - Pure Jazz Magazine
THE EAST SAY HEY, ONE AND ALL PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE EAST WAS A TREASURE THAT THE GREAT MAESTRO DUKE MAY HAVE ITERATED, WAS ABSOLUTELY BEYOND MEASURE. Keeper Of The Secrets IT WAS A MOST UNIQUE CULTURAL EMPORIUM LOCATED IN BROOKLYN AT 10 CLAVER PLACE WHERE THE PROGRESSIVE ENLIGHTENED POPULACE WOULD CONGREGATE AND GROOVE A TASTE WITHOUT FEAR OF REJECTION. THERE MUSICIANS, PLAYRIGHTS, POLITICAL ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE, POETS AND EDUCATORS DID THEIR THING, YES INDEED THIS MARVELOUS ENTITY DID CONTINUOUSLY SWING EVERY DAY ALL THE WAY, WINTER, SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL. ON WEEKEND NIGHTS THE JAZZ AND MANY OTHER PROGRAMS WERE TIGHT AND JUST PLAIN OUT OF SIGHT DURING THE WEEK, THE YOUNG WERE TAUGHT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG ON THE LOCATION AT UHURU SASA SCHOOL. NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE, ESPECIALLY TO THE ERUDITE BROTHER NAMED JITU WEUSI WHO HELPED TO CREATE THIS WORK OF ART. SO, IF THE NAME OF THE EAST IS NEW TO YOU, THEN RELAX, MEDITATE AND YOU WILL TOUCH BASE AND BE INFLUENCED BY THE POSITIVE SPIRITUAL VIBRATIONS EMITTED BY THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS OF OLD. THEY STOOD STRAIGHT UP, WERE BOLD AND TOGETHER ENTERED THE DOOR TO THE EAST TO LEARN, THEN EXITED INGRAINED WITH ENHANCED AFROCENTRIC KNOWLEDGE AND A TRUE BURNING DESIRE TO UPLIFT THOSE IN NEED HERE, THERE AND EVERYWHERE. Harold Valle DYNAMIC DUO (Poets Extraordinaire) Harold Valle (Keeper of the Secrets) & Sister Imani Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Care for more information about the “movement” called The East? Surf the link below and listen to people who conceived, contructed, managed and operated “The East.” By Harold Valle, Jazz Poet (“Keeper Of The Secrets”) Keep up the great work you do..... More on the East Below... www.centralbrooklynjazzconsortium.org/memoriesoftheeast.html Pure Jazz Magazine - Page 51