Percussionists Cycle at ISM José Manuel “Manolo” “Manny Oquendo” (1931-2009, EEUU)
Manny Oquendo began studying percussion in 1945, playing in the bands of Carlos Valero, Luis del Campo, Juan “El Boy” Torres, Chano Pozo, José Budet, Juanito Sanabria, Marcelino Guerra, José Curbelo, and Pupi Campo.
In 1950 he began playing bongo in Tito Puente’s orchestra, then played with Tito Rodríguez in 1954 and Vicentico Valdés in 1955.
In 1962 he joined Eddie Palmieri’s orchestra, and in 1974 he formed his own group Conjunto Libre.
He also played with Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Miguelito Valdés, Joe Cuba, Vitín Avilés, Israel López “Cachao”, Quincy Jones, José Curbelo, Alfredito Valdés, Dinah Washington, Charlie Palmieri, Vic Damone, Chico O’Farrill, Claudio Ferrer, Ralph Robles, Steve Turre, Billy Taylor, Mon Rivera, Paul Simon, Machito, Bobby Capó, Sexteto La Playa, Panchito Riset, Danny Rivera, Art Blackey, Grupo Folklórico Experimental Nuevayoquino, Noro Morales and many more.