Latin Jazz vibraphonist Bobby Vince Paunetto passed away in Bronx, New York on August 10th, 2010, at the age of 66 from complications of multiple sclerosis. Born in 1944, Paunetto resided at times in the Bronx (New York) and taught at the Berklee College of Music. After being inspired by the great vibraphonist and drummer Cal Tjader, Paunetto found a love for Latin Jazz.
Paunetto recorded with San Francisco Bay Area’s Tom Harrell; legendary New York Latin bassist Andy Gonzalez (Conjunto Libre); conga drummer and Latin jazz trumpet player Jerry Gonzalez, brother of Andy; and the late timbales legend Manny Oquendo (Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri’s La Perfecta Band and Conjunto Libre fame).
Paunetto’s inspiration will be appreciated and greatly missed.