Puerto Rican salsa singer and trombonist known for albums like 1981's Fantasmas. He also became a fervent political activist.
He was a prodigiously talented young artist and was signed to Fania Records at just fifteen years old.
He became the first-ever person from an ethnic minority to serve as a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in 1995.
He spent childhood summers at his grandmother's sister's farm in Manati, Puerto Rico.
He has served as the representative advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.