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The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists 

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Updated June 14, 2019 491 votes 210 voters 28.2k views 26 items

Afro-cuban jazz artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good afro-cuban jazz bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top afro-cuban jazz bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Afro-cuban jazz groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all afro-cuban jazz bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest afro-cuban jazz bands of all time, since the most famous afro-cuban jazz artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best afro-cuban jazz music.

You can click on the afro-cuban jazz band names to see more information about that particular notable afro-cuban jazz group. If they're near the top of the best afro-cuban jazz artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top afro-cuban jazz bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the afro-cuban jazz band names themselves.

Paquito D'Rivera and Dizzy Gillespie are included on this list. Rank your favorite artists to see them get to the top of the list. If you're not a fan of Tito Puente or Irvin Mayfield, then vote those down so that the list takes your preferences into account.

All important, significant and iconic names in afro-cuban jazz music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new afro-cuban jazz bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of afro-cuban jazz, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into afro-cuban jazz music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good afro-cuban jazz bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent afro-cuban jazz bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best afro-cuban jazz bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest afro-cuban jazz musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular afro-cuban jazz bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Dizzy Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Afro-Cuban jazz, Jazz & Bebop; Nationality: United States of America
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Tito Puente is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Mambo, Salsa music & Latin jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Paquito D'Rivera is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Latin jazz, Post-bop & Afro-Cuban jazz; Nationality: Cuba
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Cal Tjader is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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McCoy Tyner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Third stream, Hard bop & Post-bop; Nationality: United States of America
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Machito is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Cubop, Latin jazz & Afro-Cuban jazz; Nationality: Cuba
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Alex Acuña is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Jazz fusion, Afro-Cuban jazz & Jazz; Nationality: Peru
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Tito Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Arturo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
yyyuuuuuucccaa added Genre: Latin jazz and Jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Kenny Dorham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Joshua Kennedy added Genre: Hard bop, Jazz & Bebop; Nationality: United States of America
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Roberto Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Urban contemporary, Hip hop music & Drum and bass; Nationality: Cuba
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Candido Camero is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Disco, Afro-Cuban jazz & Jazz; Nationality: Cuba
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Ivan Tucakov is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Romani music, Indian classical music & Flamenco; Nationality: Canada
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Milt Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Hard bop, Post-bop & Afro-Cuban jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Willie Bobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Luis Bonilla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Michele Rosewoman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Avant-garde jazz, Free funk & Post-bop; Nationality: United States of America
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Haralds Bondaris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Lenny Hambro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Mambo, Cubop & Swing music; Nationality: United States of America
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Bob Quaranta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Orchestre Baobab is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Modern Romance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Cándido Antomatte... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
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Clare Fischer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Pop music, Third stream & Brazilian jazz; Nationality: United States of America
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Irvin Mayfield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Afro-Cuban Jazz Bands/Artists
Genre: Latin jazz, Post-bop & Afro-Cuban jazz; Nationality: United States of America