Milton Cardona

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Milton Cardona
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Background information
Born (1944-11-21)November 21, 1944
Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Died September 19, 2014(2014-09-19) (aged 69)
Genres Jazz, world, Latin music
Occupation(s) Musician, singer
Instruments Percussion
Labels American Clave

Milton Cardona (November 21, 1944 – September 19, 2014) was a percussionist, vocalist and conga player from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.[1][2]

Milton Cardona made well over 1000 recordings, nine of which won Grammies. His career and was highly influenced by Mongo Santamaria. He studied violin during his childhood in The Bronx, New York, and played bass guitar professionally in New York City as a youth before playing percussion. He collaborated with Kip Hanrahan, Spike Lee, Paul Simon, Willie Colón, David Byrne, Cachao, Larry Harlow, Eddie Palmieri, Don Byron, Celia Cruz, Guaco, Hector Lavoe, Ned Rothenberg, Rabih Abou-Khalil and Jack Bruce from the rock band Cream. He died on September 19, 2014, from heart failure.[3]

Selected discography[edit]

With Uri Caine


  1. ^ "American Clave". Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (September 26, 2014). "Milton Cardona, Keeper of New York Salsa's Beat, Dies at 69". New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2014. 
  3. ^ "El Heraldo". Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Willie Colón: Cosa Nuestra". Retrieved September 28, 2014.