Mexican musician Tino Contreras dies at 97

Unfortunate news in the world of Jazz. The death of Mexican musician Tino Contreras is confirmed. The cause of death was revealed by his ...

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  • Unfortunate news in the world of Jazz.
  • The death of Mexican musician Tino Contreras is confirmed.
  • The cause of death was revealed by his manager.

Sad news for jazz fans! Tino Contreras, the famous Mexican musician, passed away at the age of 97 in Mexico City. It was his representative Mónica Ramírez who confirmed the news to The Associated Press; the Mexican jazz player will be veiled this afternoon / night at a funeral home in Mexico City.

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He was a pioneer of the genre in the country and author of the “Mass in Jazz”, thus becoming a relevant part of the history of jazz in Mexico and until the last months of his life, he kept working through different streaming platforms. Through social networks several celebrities have bid Contreras farewell.

Tino Contreras dies: the pioneer of jazz in Mexico dies

Tino Contreras dies: the pioneer of jazz in Mexico dies
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It was The Associated Press, who would confirm the death of Tino Contreras, at 97 years of age. Who became one of the most important figures in the history of music in Mexico, because he is one of the forerunners of jazz in Mexico and composer of “Although a thousand years pass”.

Tino Contreras, marked a before and after, in Mexico and jazz. He was not ill or in poor condition, it was simply due to natural causes that he died at dawn on September 9, 2021; It was his manager who confirmed the news, in addition to mentioning the death on his Facebook page. Filed Under: Tino Contreras Dies

Tino Contreras dies: His death confirmed

Tino Contreras dies: His death confirmed
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It was his manager, Mónica Ramírez, who confirmed his death and announced that it had been a cardiac arrest. Given the doubts that could be generated, she mentioned that the Mexican musician was in excellent condition but age was the cause of his death; He also announced where he would be veiled.

“Contreras died early Thursday of a cardiac arrest. He was wonderfully well, perfect, healthy, happy. ”, Commented his manager, Mónica Ramírez, to The Associated Press. In addition, he added that the musician would be veiled on Thursday at a funeral home in the Roma neighborhood of the capital. Filed Under: Tino Contreras Dies

Tino Contreras dies: “His heart stopped”

Tino Contreras dies: "His heart stopped"
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On the musician’s official website, the statement of his death was given mentioning that it was at dawn this Thursday that he died. Although, they said that in the next few hours they would give more information about where their funeral service would be, in addition to thanking the messages that have been arriving in the last hours.

“Family and friends with deep pain I inform you that today September 9 at 00:30 hrs. the heart of our beloved Master Tino Contreras stopped. We will let you know in the morning the details of the place where it will be watched. Thank you for your understanding. ”Reads Contreras’s Facebook page. Filed Under: Tino Contreras Dies

Tino Contreras dies: Alejandra Frausto sends her condolences

Tino Contreras dies: Alejandra Frausto sends her condolences
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The secretary of culture of Mexico, Alejandra Frausto, announced the loss of Maestro Tino Contreras. She communicated her condolences on social media, mentioning that she was a legend in jazz music in Mexico; In addition, in another tweet he mentions the contributions he made to the Sound Library and the Ministry of Culture.

“One of the greats left: Tino Contreras, a jazz legend in Mexico who infected many generations of artists with joy and inspiration. With his creations he touched the notes of the world. With his music, he explained life itself. ”, Reads the tweet that Frausto wrote on his social networks. Filed Under: Tino Contreras Dies

Tino Contreras dies: His works

Tino Contreras dies: His works
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Alejandra Frausto, mentioned in her social networks one of the works that stands out the most of Contreras’s music, is the one she performed of the Tarahumara Yúmare symphony, in addition to the fact that the Sound Library restored the unpublished work Jazzballet and also her participation in the stages of the premises of the Ministry of Culture.

“The Tarahumara Yúmare symphony stands out in his work, a tribute to the original sounds of Chihuahua present in his childhood. The @Sound library restored his unpublished work Jazzballet, a fantastic record of the master. Many enclosures @culture_mx they were scenes of his music and generosity. ”, said the Secretary of Culture. Filed Under: Tino Contreras Dies

The trajectory of maestro Contreras

The trajectory of maestro Contreras
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According to The Associated Press, over more than six decades of experience, the composer and multi-instrumentalist shared the stage with jazz greats such as Dave Brubeck, Cannonball Adderley and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, while integrating influential sounds into the genre. Latin, psychedelic, experimental music and flamenco.

The man was an inspiration for jazz music in Mexico and also for bringing new sounds with a Latin influence; He always stayed close to his audience, whether it was streaming or on his social network. He won the affection of the public and his loss has caused great sadness to his fans, who mourn his death.

His most recent work

His most recent work
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He made more than 2,000 compositions and recorded 59 albums. The most recent, “The Night of the Gods,” was released in October 2020 by Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood record label and was inspired by the pyramids of Teotihuacán, AP said. It had a great acceptance in the Mexican and international public.

Tino Contreras, at no time did he stop. Not even the pandemic could stop him, he enjoyed music and sharing with his fans the taste for the new sounds it generated; He left that legacy to his predecessors, some were fortunate to meet him and to be able to listen to him live and even receive advice from him. Something, which they let know in the comments where they announced his death.

Tino contreras in the Blue House

Tino contreras in the Blue House
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iNews, wrote a couple of months ago a review about one of the last concerts of Maestro Contreras in the famous Blue House of Frida Kahlo. “The Mexican percussion teacher takes us on a spiral musical journey from the home and museum of the late artist Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.”

“The nonagenarian musician, who was inspired by the rhythmic percussion patterns of the Tarahumara, the indigenous people of his native Chihuahua, has created his own distinctive sound: a mix of Latin jazz that includes Mexican folk and pre-Hispanic percussion.” iNews. “Music is about feeling … that is why it is said that music comes after God,” Contreras told the media.

“It is leaving a mark”

"Is leaving a mark"
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Tino Contreras agreed to have an interview with The Associated Press this year. In this interview, the Mexican commented on jazz music and what it meant; A singular comment left that interview, when he mentioned that music leaves a mark and is what all human beings leave in its wake.

“Jazz music always goes not with time, but ahead of time. It leaves a mark. It’s what we’re leaving, ”Contreras said in an interview with the AP this year. One of the last interviews that the 97-year-old man would have, who was unknowingly leaving his legacy in a few sentences.

How he got involved in jazz

How he got involved in jazz
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In the interview he gave to The Associated Press, he detailed the moments he lived when he started in the world of jazz. He commented that they were good times and that he was living the end of the Second World War, so in several places this genre was one of the most listened to and valued.

“I was at that time full of jazz, full of beautiful things. It was the time of the end of the Second World War and almost the majority of the soldiers loved to take off the fright they brought from so much gunshots when listening to jazz, ”Contreras recalled in the same interview he offered to AP and that was a good count of his career.

“God is music”

"God is music"
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According to the AP, Tino Contreras was born on April 3, 1924 in the city of Chihuahua. He started in music at the age of 8, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. At 10 he was already playing with professional musicians, and a few years later he developed his career in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, where he met the music of Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, who were part of his inspiration in the early years.

“It is said that after God is music,” the jazz player told the AP, in that interview that it would be one of the last he would do. “God is music, it is what he has bequeathed to us, it is like the wind that comes and goes,” concluded maestro Contreras. Who, unfortunately, died at dawn this Thursday.

 

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