Latin jazz pioneer Jerry González dies in fire

The American trumpeter and percussionist Jerry González is Sunday night, died from the effects of smoke inhalation, which he suffered when fire broke out in his house in Madrid. Reports that the Spanish publishing rights society SGAE. The Latin jazz pioneer was 69 years old.

González was born and grew up in New York. His parents were of Puerto Rican origin. He began his career with the band of jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri and joined then together with his brother and bassist Andy González, the latinband Conjunto Libre’s percussionist Manny Oquendo. In 1979, he founded a band, The Fort Apache Band.

According to Spanish media came to the musician in the night from Sunday on Monday on the life after in his house in the Madrid fire broke out. He was still in critical condition brought to the hospital, but died there of the consequences of a smoke inhalation.

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