Papo Lucca

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Enrique Arsenio Lucca Quiñonez, better known as Papo Lucca, born on April 10, 1946, Ponce, Puerto Rico.Papo Lucca ("Papo" being common Puerto Rican slang for "junior") is a famous Puerto Rican multi-instrumentalist (knowledgeable in at least eleven instruments), but is best known as a pianist. Main musical genre focus are Salsa and Latin Jazz. Papo is considered one of the best Salsa pianists of the 70's through the millennium. He ranks with another great pianist, the late Charlie Palmieri, as one of the best piano instrumentalists in Latin Jazz and salsa.

He is the co-founder with his father Don Enrique "Quique" Lucca Caraballo of the famous Puerto Rican band La Sonora Ponceña. He has also played and recorded with the Fania All-Stars, Willie Colón, Celia Cruz, Johnny Pacheco, Bobby Valentín, Ismael Quintana, Gloria Estefan, Adalberto Santiago, Andy Montañez, Pablo Milanés, Rubén Blades and is also a great music arranger.

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With his dynamic piano playing and unique approach to salsa, Papo Lucca (born Enrique Arsenio Lucca, Jr.) has led his band, Sonora Poncena, to the forefront of Latin music. Inheriting the group from his father, Lucca has continued to inspire Sonora Poncena with his innovative playing. While Rubén Blades called Lucca, "the best pianist in the world", Cuban pianist Ruben Gonzalez explained, "of non-Cuban pianists, I most admire (Lucca) because his salsa is very close to son. Son piano is more...
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