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Papo Vázquez Celebrates 40 Years…



Spirit Warrior

Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours - Spirit WarriorTracks: 1. Huracan; 2. El Morro; 3. Bumbo con Bamba; 4. The Little People; 5. The Mole; 6. No Goodbyes for You; 7. Salto Angel; 8. Palo Incao; 9. McCoy; 10. In This Lonely Place; 11. Roller Coaster; 12. Despedida; 13. Kerepakupai Vená.

Band of Pirates – Personnel: Papo Vázquez: Trombone, Leader; Willie Williams: Tenor Saxophone; Rick Germanson: Piano; Dezron Douglas: Bass; Alvester Garnett; Drums, Anthony Carrillo: Percussion; Carlos Maldonado: Percussion; Gabriel Lugo: Percussion.

Invited Guests: Sherman Irby: Alto Saxophone; Orlando “Maraca” Valle: Flute; Roberto Quintero: Tambores Culo e’ Puya; Victor Jones: Drums; Pete Nater: Trumpet; Piaroa Shaman, Rufino Po’nare: Canto de Cascada.


  • Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours – Spirit Warrior, Picaro Records, 2015
  • Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours – Oasis, Picaro Records, 2012
  • Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates – Marooned/Aislado, Picaro Records, Grammy Nomination 2008
  • Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours – From The Badlands, Picaro Records, 2007
  • El Niño Josele – 2011
  • Tego Calderon – The Underdog/El Subestimado, Jiggiri Records, 2006
  • Shakira & Wyclef Jean – World Soccer Final Theme (“Bamboo”), 2006
  • Ray Barretto – Standards Rican-ditioned, Zoho Music,2006
  • Los Pleneros de la 21 Para Todos Ustedes, Smithsonian Folkways, 2005 – Grammy Nomination,
  • Bebo Valdez – Bebo de Cuba, Calle 54, 2005 – Grammy, Best Latin Jazz Album
  • Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours – Carnival in San Juan, Cu-Bop Records, 2003
  • Wayne Shorter – Alegria, Verve, 2003 – Grammy, Best Jazz Instrumental Album
  • Jack Bruce Shadows – In The Air – Sanctuary Records Group, 2001
  • Freddie Cole Rio de Janeiro Blues, Telarc
  • Chico O’Farrill Carambola, Fantasy
  • Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues movie soundtrack
  • Papo Vázquez Pirates & Troubadours – At the Point Vol. ” Cubop
  • Papo Vázquez Pirates & Troubadours – At the Point Vol. ” Cubop
  • Milton Cardona Cambucha, American Clave
  • Arturo O’Farrill Bloodlines, Fantasy
  • Chucho Valdes All Stars Bronx Lebanon New Directions Project
  • RMM Jammin’ in the Bronx, Papo Vázquez Band, Chucho Valdes & The Machito Orq RMM
  • Chart Busters with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lenny White, Hiram Bullock, Craig Handy, Papo Vázquez,
  • Chico O’Farrill Pure Emotion, Fantasy
  • Steve Berrios First World, Fantasy
  • Descarga Boricua Descarga Boricua, Tierrazo
  • Dave Valentin Tropic Heat, GRP
  • Juan Luis Guerra 4:40 Fogarate, 4:40
  • Papo Vázquez Breakout, Timeless
  • Ruben Blades Amor y Control & Antecedente & Caminando, Sony
  • Hilton Ruiz Mannhatan Mambo, Telarc & Hands on Percusion
  • RMM Tito Puente Out of this World Tito Puente “100th” RMM
  • Jerry Gonzalez Fort Apache Band Obatala & Live in Berlin, Enja & “Ya Yo Me Cure” American Clave
  • New York Latin Jazz All Stars Feliz Navidad
  • Bobby Valentin Presenta al Cano Estremera, Bronco Records
  • Batacumbele Con Un Poco de Songo & En Aquellos Tiempos, Tierrazo
  • Ray Barretto Ricanstruction, Fania
  • Slide Hampton World of Trombones, WEST54
  • Chico O’Farrill Calle 54
  • Fania All Stars Habana Jam, Fania
  • Willie Colon & Ruben Blades Siembra, Fania
  • Willie Colon & Celia Cruz Fania
  • Hector La Voe De Ti Depende, Fania
  • Mon Rivera Vuelvo a Vivir, Fania

Selected Honors and Awards

  • Grammy Nominated 2008 – Papo Vazquez Marooned/Aislado, Picaro Records
  • Grammy: Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Wayne Shorter’s Alegria (Verve Records)
  • Grammy: Bebo Valdez – Bebo de Cuba
  • Recognized by Los Pleneros de La 21 for his contributions to Puerto Rican Culture.
  • New York Times’ list of “Top 10 Undeservedly Obscure Recordings”
  • Taller de Jazz Don Pedro in Puerto Rico Award
  • DownBeat Magazine’s list of “Talent Deserving Wider Recognition” 1980.
  • Best Trombone “Latin New York Magazine” 1980, 1979
  • His song “Baila Plena” from At The Point, Vol I. is featured on the soundtrack for Free Enterprise. Other movie credits include playing on the soundtracks for The Mambo Kings and Spike Lee’s Mo’ Better Blues.

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A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject.

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  1. Álvaro Rodríguez Mcausland

    Apr 29, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    I greatly enjoy all that your write on your column about life and happenings of the musicians and performances on video .- A hug and handshake for all of you.- Best wishes, Álvaro Rodríguez Mcausland- – Barranquilla-Colombia

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