Mario Bauzá was born in Havana, Cuba, on April 28, 1911. As a child in Havana, he listened to jazz on the radio and dreamed of moving to America. Nearly three decades later the adult Bauzá, now settled in New York City, helped awaken American jazz greats such as Dizzy GILLESPIE and Max Roach to the vibrant music and feel of Afro-Cuban jazz.