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Armando Peraza, Longtime Santana Percussionist, Dies at 89

Also played with Charlie Parker, Cal Tjader, Dave Brubeck and others

Armando Peraza
Armando Peraza and Carlos Santana

Percussionist Armando Peraza, best known as a mainstay in the Santana band for nearly two decades, but whose career also included work with many jazz greats, died yesterday, April 14. The cause and place of death have not yet been reported. Peraza was 89.

Peraza was already close to 50 when he joined Santana in 1972. He remained with the guitarist’s ever-changing crew until 1990, when he went into semi-retirement. He returned to Santana for three shows in Montreux in 2006, and made a handful of other appearances that year, but he had largely been out of the public eye in recent decades.

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