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José Curbelo Papers



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José Curbelo and Orchestra

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José Curbelo Papers, circa 1940s-2000s | University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection

By Natalie Baur

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Title: José Curbelo Papers, circa 1940s-2000sAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: CHC5299

Creator: Curbelo, José (1917-2012)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Languages: Spanish;Castilian, English


The José Curbelo papers contain materials relating to Cuban musician and manager José Curbelo.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The José Curbelo papers contain photographs, clippings, copies of advertisements, promotional materials, one painting, and one sound recording relating to Cuban band leader and manager José Curbelo.

Biographical 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.

Subject/Index Terms

Cuban American band directors
Cuban Americans -- Music
Curbelo, José, 1917-2012
Dance orchestra music -- Cuba
Dance orchestra music -- United States

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Requests to publish or display materials from this collection require written permission from the rights owner. Please, contact for more information.

Acquisition Source: Gift of Rene Curbelo, November, 2012.

Processing Information: Processed by Élan Aleman and Natalie Baur, December, 2012.

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Folder 1: José Curbelo band advertisements and promotional materials, 1946-1975Add to your cart.
Copies of advertisements and promotional materials which appeared in various newspapers for José Curbelo and his band
Folder 2: Photographs and music CD, circa 1950s-1980sAdd to your cart.
Photographs of José Curbelo and other musical figures; one CD of recording of José Curbelo and his orchestra at the China Doll, New York City, 1946.
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Folder 2: Photographs and clippings, circa 1950s-2000sAdd to your cart.
Oversize photographs and clippings relating to José Curbelo and his band.
Item 1: José Curbelo and Orchestra, circa 1950sAdd to your cart.
Framed painting of José Curbelo and his orchestra.

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