RIP Graciela Perez-Grillo

Portrait of Machito and Graciella Grillo, Glen Island Casino, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947. By William P. Gottlieb.

Portrait of Machito and Graciela Grillo, Glen Island Casino, New York, N.Y., ca. July 1947. By William P. Gottlieb.

Afro-Cuban singer Graciela Perez-Grillo passed away in New York on April 7th. She was 94.  Born in Havana, Perez-Grillo moved to New York in 1942, where she played bass and sang with an all-female band before fronting the Afro-Cuban orchestra with her stepbrother Machito. See photos of the woman known as the  First Lady of Latin Jazz in the William P. Gottlieb Collection in American Memory.

One Comment

  1. leonardo
    April 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    siempre te recordaremos

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