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52nd St.

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W 52nd St & Broadway New York NY 10019 USA

52nd St. was lined with jazz clubs on either side from the 1940s through the 1950s. Candido Camero relates his experience on this legendary street upon his arrival to New York City from Cuba. For more information on Candido see the documentary, "Candido: Hands of Fire" by Ivan Acosta. Photos: 1. Candido Camero, photo by Martin Cohen, courtesy of Candido Camero 2. 52nd St. ca. 1950s, photo by William P. Gottlieb, www.jazzphotos.com 3. Downbeat Club, photo by William P. Gottlieb, www.jazzphotos.com 4. 52nd St. sign, photo by William P. Gottlieb, www.jazzphotos.com 5. 52nd St., photo by William P. Gottlieb, www.jazzphotos.com, 6. Candido Camero, photo by Martin Cohen, courtesy of Candido Camero 7. One of the early bands in which Candido performed (he is circled), courtesy of Candido Camero 8. Candido with Dizzy Gilespie, courtesy of Candido Camero 9. Candido with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, courtesy of Candido Camero 10. Candido and Joe Loco at the Apollo, coutesy of Candido Camero 11. The Downbeat Club, photo by William P. Gottlieb, www.jazzphotos.com 12. Candido on congas in Jose Curbelo's orchestra with Cuban vocalist Canelina, Curbelo on piano and Tito Rodriguez playing maracas, photo courtesy of Candido Camero. 13. Candido's three congas--he was the first person in the United States to play using three congas at one time.

Credits: Interview of Candido Camero conducted by Elena Martinez, September 20th, 2006. (5:29)