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Sunday, February 19, 2006 - Entertainment - Grammy-Winning Percussionist Dies At 76 - Entertainment - Grammy-Winning Percussionist Dies At 76Grammy-Winning Percussionist Dies At 76
Baretto Best-Known For Introducing Congas Into Jazz

POSTED: 11:32 am EST February 17, 2006
UPDATED: 11:36 am EST February 17, 2006
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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- A musician best known for bringing the conga drum into the world of jazz has died.

Grammy-winning percussionist Ray Barretto became popular in the 1950s while playing with Tito Puente, and later recorded with such greats as Cannonball Adderley and Dizzy Gillespie. He was inducted into the International Latin Hall of Fame after his collaboration with Puerto Rican vocalist Celia Cruz, "Ritmo en Corazon," won a Grammy for the best Tropical Latin performance of 1989.

Last month, Barretto took the nation's highest jazz honor when he was named one of the Jazz Masters of 2006 by the National Endowment for the Arts.

His family in New Jersey said Barretto had undergone heart bypass surgery and suffered from pneumonia. He was 76.

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