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Curbelo, José (1917-2012) | University of Miami Finding Aids

Name: Curbelo, José (1917-2012)

Historical Note: José Curbelo was born in 1917 in Havana, Cuba. He graduated from the Molinas Conservatory at 15 and then began to perform with Cuban orchestras. Curbelo brought his talents to New York City in the 1940s and by the 1960s had started Alpha Artists, an agency representing musicians performing live music. During his career as a manager, Curbelo represented many top Latin bands in the United States. In the 1980s, he relocated to Miami, Florida and participated in organizing music for the Calle Ocho festival.
Sources: Slotnik, Daniel E. "José Curbelo, Manager for Leading Latin Music Acts, Dies at 95." New York Times, 21 September 2012.

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