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Michel Camilo

Michel Camilo

  • April 4, 1954 Santo Domingo


A student of the National Conservatory in Santo Domingo for 13 years, Michel Camilo enters the National Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16.

In 1979, he moves to New York and enters the Mannes and Juilliard School of Music. His composition Why Not? was recorded by Paquito D'Rivera as the title tune for one of his albums, and The Manhattan Transfer won a Grammy Award for their vocal version in 1983. His first two albums were titled Why Not? and Suntan/In Trio.

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