Influential Latin jazz trumpet player. His primary music group, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, released several critically-acclaimed albums.
His 1970 collaboration with Dizzy Gillespie established his musical reputation.
He began playing the trumpet when he was in junior high school.
He was raised in a musical family; his father was a singer and master of ceremonies for many different bands.
Gonzalez collaborated with many musicians, including Chet Baker.