Legendary percussionist Armando Peraza passed away Monday at the age of 89.
Peraza worked with many Jazz and Rock luminaries including Charlie Parker, George Shearing, Tito Puente, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Eric Clapton, Linda Ronstadt, Frank Zappa, Rick James, Aretha Franklin, Jaco Pastorius, and Carlos Santana.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1924, Armando Peraza arrived in New York City via Mexico in 1949, where his intuitive and exuberant playing style translated into immediate work for big bands with Machito and Slim Gaillard. It was while touring with Gaillard that Peraza first visited the city he would eventually call home, San Francisco, California.
Peraza joined Carlos Santana’s band in 1972, playing for nearly twenty years with the group before retiring as a full time member in 1990. In the 1990′s and 2000′s, Peraza would make occasional guest appearances at concerts, festivals and percussion workshops. A revered mentor to many percussionists worldwide, Armando was an honored Latin Percussion endorser for many years.
Armando Peraza leaves behind a wide-ranging and robust catalog of Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz music. He is survived by his wife of over 30 years, Josephine, a daughter and three grandchildren.