Cuban trombonist, composer and arranger Juan Pablo Torres died on Sunday
April 17. He was suffering from an inoperable brain tumor and had spent several days in
a coma. He was 58 years,
Torres was considered one of the most important Latin music trombonists of the second half of
the 20th century. He was known for his work in jazz and traditional Cuban music.
He worked with the biggest names in Latin music: Paquito D´Rivera, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri,
Arturo Sandoval and Bebo Valdés.
Juan Pablo Torres was born in Puerto Padre, Cuba, in 1946. He spent most of his
life in the island. In 1992 he defected while in Spain. He settled in Miami (Florida, USA). He recorded solo albums such as Trombone Man (1995), and Cuban Masters, Los Originales.
His last project took place in Spain. He arranged the song ‘Clara’, featured in
the movie Para que no me olvides.