Andy González, a New York bassist who both explored and bridged the worlds of Latin music and jazz, has died from complications from a pre-existing illness. https://t.co/auKIY42zlP
— NPR Music (@nprmusic) April 10, 2020
Latin Jazz Bassist Andy Gonzalez died April 9, 2020 in the Bronx at the age of 69 as a result of complications from diabetes and pneumonia.
Working frequently as a studio or session player – estimated at around 700, Gonzalez was also the co-founder of the Fort Apache Band and Grupo Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorquino; he was a member of Libre. During his career he also played with Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Clifford Thronton, Don Byron,Astor Piazzolla, David Byrne, Tito Puente, Machito, and Manny Oquendo. He was 65 years old before he released his own album – “Entre Colegas”.
A versatile musician, he mixed Jazz with African, Cuban and Puerto Rican styles of music. Not just a composer and arranger; Gonzalez was also a music historian.
Andrew Gonzalez Toyos was born January 1, 1951 in Manhattan into a musical family, but was raised in the Bronx. The son of a band vocalist, his father introduced music to his children very early in life. In elementary school, young Andy learned to play the violin but when one of the two bass players in the orchestra moved away, Andy took the spot. He traded his college classes in for the stage.
Predeceased by his brother Jerry, his survivors include sister Eileen, brother Arthur, and nieces and nephews.