Don Azpiazú

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Don Azpiazú (Justo Ángel Azpiazú, Cienfuegos, 11 February 1893 – Havana, 20 January 1943) was a leading Cuban orchestral director in the 1920s and 30s.[1] His band introduced authentic Cuban dance music and Cuban musical instruments to a wide audience in the USA. It was his Havana Casino Orchestra which went to New York in 1930, and recorded one of the biggest hits in Cuban music history, the Peanut Vendor. The band included a number of star musicians such as Julio Cueva (trumpet); Antonio Machín was the singer.

Azpiazú also used North American singers such as Bob Burke or Chick Bullock to help popularize the genre.[2]


  1. ^ Giro, Radamés 2007. Diccionario enciclopédico de la música en Cuba. La Habana. Vol 1, p79.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott 2000. Afro-Cuban Jazz . NY. ISBN 978-0-87930-619-9