Afro-Cuban singer Perez Grillo dies in NYC at 94

  • Thu Apr 8th, 2010 7:06am
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Associated Press

NEW YORK — Afro-Cuban music pioneer Graciela Perez Grillo, 94, has died in New York City.

Perez Grillo was known as the first lady of Latin jazz. Her best-known songs include “This is Graciela,” “Intimate and Sentimental” and “That’s the Way I Am.”

Perez Grillo was born in Havana. She moved to New York in 1942 and got her start playing bass and singing with an all-female band.

Her representative Richie Viera said she died Tuesday of natural causes after being hospitalized for some time.