Enrique Jorrín (Candelaria, Pinar del Río, December 25, 1926 - Havana, December 12, 1987) was a Cuban charanga violinist, composer and music director. He is considered the inventor of the cha-cha-chá, a popular style of ballroom music derived from danzón.
At an early age, his family moved to the El Cerro neighborhood of Havana, where Jorrín was to live for the rest of his life. At the age of 12, he began to show a particular interest in music and decided to learn the violin. He then pursued musical studies at the Municipal Conservatory of Havana.
He started out as a violinist in the orchestra of Cuba's National Institute of Music, under the direction of González Mántici. In 1941, he became a member of the danzonera Hermanos Contreras. It was here that he became interested in popular music. Next, he joined the renowned charanga Antonio Arcaño y sus Maravillas.
In 1974, he organized a new charanga, which included singer Tito Gómez and pianist Rubén González. This orchestra is still active in Havana and includes many songs by Jorrín in their active repertoire.
All his accomplishments were all fulfilled while raising his nephew Omar Jorrin Pineda, who grew up playing the piano for the orchestra as he got older. Omar Jorrin Pineda currently resides in a small Cuban community in New Jersey known to be Union City.
Among his numerous compositions are:
- Liceo del Pilar
- Central constancia
- Doña Olga
- Silver Star
- Arpeando el Cha-cha-chá with Miriam de Cinca on harp
- La engañadora
- El alardoso
- El túnel
- Nada para ti
- Me muero
- Orquesta Enrique Jorrín; "Por Siempre Jorrín"; Egrem CD-0644
- Quesada, Luis de (May 13, 2002). "Enrique Jorrín: creator of the cha cha chá". Descarga.com.