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Celia Cruz Dies

Celia Cruz, the electrifying Cuban singer known as the “Queen of Salsa,” died July 16 died in her Fort Lee, N.J. home of complications after brain tumor surgery. She was 77.

Though she wasn’t truly a jazz artist, Cruz did work within the jazz idiom at times and the work she did to promote Cuban music in the United States aided the efforts of people like Dizzy Gillespie and Tito Puente, who were integrating the vibrant Cuban sound into jazz.

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