Grammy Winner jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri died

Apr 5, 2016 10:17 IST

Jazz saxophonist Gato Barbieri passed away on 2 April 2016 in New York, the USA. He was 83.

Barbieri came in the limelight during the free jazz movement in the 1960s. Latin jazz recordings of the 1970s earned him immense fame.

About Gato Barbieri

Born as Leandro Barbieri on 28 November 1932, earned the nickname Gato (Cat in Spanish) in his native Argentina as he came up in the Buenos Aires jazz scene.

He began playing music after hearing Charlie Parker's Now's the Time.

He played the clarinet and later the alto saxophone while performing with the Argentinean pianist Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s.

In the late 1960s, he started fusing music from South America into his playing.

His score for Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 film Last Tango in Paris earned him a Grammy Award.

He received the UNICEF Award at the Argentinian Consulate in November 2009.

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