CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2007 |
Pedro Knight, a former lead trumpet player for Cuba's legendary band La Sonora Matancera and the devoted husband of the late "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz, whose career he helped guide, has died. He was 85. Knight died Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, hospital spokesman Tony Yang said. Although the cause of death was not given, Knight had suffered from complications of diabetes and had a series of strokes last year.
March 18, 1996 |
"I heard that the club didn't know who I was," Celia Cruz said playfully to the wildly enthusiastic, sold-out crowd early in her first-ever appearance Saturday night at the House of Blues. Then, she added, triumphantly, "Now they know." Indeed, it was a night to remember--and an important one for Cruz herself.
August 2, 2002 |
There was very little jazz and plenty of mambo, salsa and guaguanco at the Hollywood Bowl during Wednesday's "Latin Jazz Spectacular," a deceptively named show that nevertheless allowed the audience an opportunity to experience veteran Cuban singer Celia Cruz at her very best. Perhaps because her latest album, "La Negra Tiene Tumbao," has just received four Latin Grammy nominations, the singer was particularly high-spirited, delivering her most dynamic local performance in years.
October 24, 1993 |
Step aside, quebraditas , at least for this edition of Latin Pulse. Salsa is gradually recovering its momentum of the mid-'70s, and you can tell it in the growing number of salsa clubs throughout Los Angeles. This survey of noteworthy recent Latin pop albums includes the latest works by both "The Queen of Salsa" and the aspiring "Queen of Merengue," as well as the more traditional Afro-Cuban sounds of Conjunto Cespedes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2003 |
The Queen of Salsa is dead. Celia Cruz, the Afro-Cuban singer who rose from a humble Havana home to command half a century of Latin dance music with her sonorous voice and regal yet folksy personality, died Wednesday afternoon at her Fort Lee, N.J., home after a battle with brain cancer. She was 77. Her death came two days after her 41st wedding anniversary.
December 21, 1996 |
The most thorough reference books fail to list the year singer Celia Cruz was born in Havana. The only known fact is that her birthday comes every Oct. 21. But Thursday at the Galaxy Concert Theatre, the first night of Cruz's Southern California tour, the riddle was effectively answered. After watching her energetic opening set, those in the audience could clearly see that the groundbreaking, Afro-Cuban vocalist is, undeniably, ageless.