ArtistThe Conga Kings

Candido Camero, the Havana-born 80-year old elder statesman of conga, is a living encyclopedia of the history of Cuban music. Born in La Habana's colorful El Cerro neighborhood, Candido has appeared on hundreds of albums, including more than 50 as bandleader. He has worked with almost all of the great jazz masters, including Clark Terry, Dinah Washington, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Mongo Santamaria, Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, and Tito Puente.

Carlos "Patato" Valdez is a veteran musician with a career spanning fifty years. Since the 1950's, Patato has been among the congueros who are in highest demand in the Latin music and jazz worlds. He has played, toured, and recorded with Miguelito Valdes, Perez Prado, Beny More, Cachao, Tito Puente, Herbie Mann, Kenny Dorham, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones. He also acted in and composed the title song for the television series The Bill Cosby Show.

Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Giovanni Hidalgo has performed and recorded with the likes of Tito Puente, Art Blakey, Michel Camilo, Ruben Blades, Peter Gabriel, Carlos Santana, Mickey Hart's Planet Drum ensemble, Bruce Hornsby, Sammy Hagar, Joan Osborne, and Paul Simon. He has also recorded four albums as a bandleader, including the 1997 GRAMMY-Award nominated Hands of Rhythm.

Together, Camero, Patato, and Candido collaborate to create one of the greatest summits Cuban music has ever seen. Recorded in Chesky Records' signature glorious sound, their albums The Conga Kings and Jazz Descargas are celebratory tributes to the vitality and artistry of Latin jazz.

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