Cándido Camero  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

Jump to: navigation, search

Related e



Cándido de Guerra Camero (22 April 1921 - 7 November 2020), known simply as Cándido, was a Cuban musician, conga and bongo, tres, drums, and acoustic bass player.

He worked in many genres of popular music from pop, rock, R&B and disco to Afro-Cuban dance music and Latin jazz.

He is probably best known for his interpretation of "Jingo" featured on Dancin' & Prancin' (1979).



Early in his career, Camero recorded in his native Cuba with many of the early pioneers of the son cubano movement as well as being the conga drummer for the Tropicana night club in Havana from its opening night in 1940 and subsequently for the next eight years. He first appeared in NYC in the musical review, Tidbits, at the Plymouth Theater on Broadway in 1946 backing up the Cuban dance team of Carmen and Rolando. In 1948 he made his first U.S. recording with Machito and His Afro-Cubans on the tune, "El Rey Del Mambo." as well as working with Dizzy Gillespie. During 1953–54, he was in the Billy Taylor Trio and in 1954 he performed and recorded with Stan Kenton.

He also enjoyed success during the disco era of the 1970s, most notably with the Babatunde Olatunji-penned track "Jingo" from his Dancin' and Prancin' album, which he recorded for Salsoul Records in 1979. The album has also been acknowledged as an influence and precursor to house music, predating the emergence of the genre by over five years.

Camero was honored with the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2008.


As leader

  • Candido featuring Al Cohn (ABC-Paramount, 1956)
  • The Volcanic (ABC-Paramount, 1956)
  • Latin Fire (The Big Beat of Candido) (ABC-Paramount, 1959)
  • In Indigo (ABC-Paramount, c. 1960)
  • Conga Soul (Roulette, 1962)
  • Candido's Comparsa (ABC-Paramount, 1963)
  • Thousand Finger Man (Solid State, 1969, reissued by Blue Note)
  • Beautiful (Blue Note, 1970)
  • Brujerias de Candido/Candido's Latin McGuffa's Dust (Discos Fuentes, 1971)
  • Drum Fever (Polydor, 1973)
  • Dancin' and Prancin' (Salsoul, 1979)
  • Giovanni Hidalgo, Candido, Patato Valdes - The Conga Kings (Chesky, 2000)
  • Candido & Graciela – Inolvidable (Chesky, 2004)
  • Hands of Fire/Manos de fuego (Live) (Latin Jazz USA, 2008)
  • The Master (Chesky, 2014)

As sideman

With Bobby Sanabria

  • Afro-Cuban Dream: Live & in Clave!!! Bobby Sanabria Big Band (Arabesque, 2000)
  • 50 Years of Mambo - A Tribute to Damaso Perez Prado - The Mambo All Stars Orchestra (Mambo Maniacs, 2003)
  • Kenya Revisited Live!!! Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra conducted by Bobby Sanabria (Jazzheads, 2008)

With Benjamin Lapidus

  • Ochosi Blues - Latin, Soul, Organ Jazz - Benjamin Lapidus & Kari B3 (2014)

With Gene Ammons

With Art Blakey

With Ray Bryant

With Kenny Burrell

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Coleman Hawkins

With Billy Taylor

With Bennie Green

With Don Elliott

  • The Don Elliott Octet Featuring Candido - Jamaica Jazz (ABC-Paramount, 1958)

With Stan Kenton

With the Lecuona Cuban Boys

  • Dance Along with the Lecuona Cuban Boys (ABC-Paramount, 1959)

With Randy Weston

With Sonny Rollins

With Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic

With Wynton Kelly

With Grant Green

With Illinois Jacquet

With Gary McFarland

With Wes Montgomery

With Tico All-Stars

With Bobby Hutcherson

  • Now! (Blue Note, 1969)

With Elvin Jones

With Ellen McIlwaine

With Erroll Garner

  • Mambo Moves Garner (Mercury, 1954)

With Tito Puente

With Machito

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Cándido Camero" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools