Tino Contreras

Real Name:
Fortino Contreras González †
Profile:
Tino Contreras (born April 3, 1924, Chihuahua, Mexico – died September 9, 2021, Ciudad de Mexico) Mexican musician and composer. He was born in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico, on April 3. He comes from a family of musicians, mainly his father, Don Miguel Contreras, who was a drummer and director of the first Jazz band in Chihuahua, and his mother, Mrs. Leandra, who liked to sing zarzuelas.
In that environment, Tino began playing drums at eight years of age and at age 15 he became the drummer of the Los Cadetes del Swing orchestra, which he himself formed with his older brother Efrén, saxophonist and director of the latter.
At age 17 Tino moved to Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, where he formed his own band, which he called the Youth Orchestra. At the beginning of the 1940s he made his debut as a director and soloist on the XEJ radio station in that border city, and performed at the main nightclubs, alternating with his radio program.
At the end of that decade he emigrated to Mexico City and was part of the famous Caravans that toured throughout the Mexican Republic, and were organized by businessman Paco Miller. They played popular artists of the time, such as Pedro Infante, María Victoria and Tin Tán, among others.
At the beginning of the fifties he was fully integrated as the star drummer of the Orquesta de Luis Arcaraz, considered the fourth in the world, due to the importance of the performing soloists who participated in it, to which his younger brother, Mario Contreras, also belonged. as a trumpeter
He also played in Juan García Esquivel's orchestra, among others, and had an important role in cinematography, both as a drummer and as a composer of musical backgrounds for films of the Golden Age of national cinema, at the same time that he attended his activity in radio programs of the XEW, nightclub and international tours to Central, South America and the Caribbean.
During his stay in the Dominican Republic he met the rhythm of Merengue and decided to bring him to Mexico. He formed the first orchestra dedicated to that musical genre, which earned him the title of El Rey del Merengue in Mexico.
He recorded his first acetate in 1953 with his own compositions of meringues for the Peerless label, called Tino Contreras: Volado por los Merengues, and in this way he introduced what would later be Tropical Jazz or Latin Jazz. He was the first to make this fusion with his own songs, which are recorded on some of his albums.
Tino Contreras died on september 9th 2021.
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Albums

46124 Mexico En La Noche - Special Festival D'Antibes Juan-Les-Pins — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Mexico En La Noche - Special Festival D'Antibes Juan-Les-Pins(LP) Polydor 46124 France 1960 Sell This Version
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FLD 291 S Jazz A Paris — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Jazz A Paris(LP) Disques Festival FLD 291 S France 1962 Sell This Version
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D 836 Jazz Ballet — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Jazz Ballet (Album) Musart D 836 Mexico 1963 Sell This Version
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GF 131 007 Festival Del Jazz En Paris — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Festival Del Jazz En Paris(LP, Album) Gamma (4), Disques Festival GF 131 007 Mexico 1963 Sell This Version
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ST 10310 Percusiones Mexicanas — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Percusiones Mexicanas (Album) Odeon ST 10310 US 1962 Sell This Version
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REX 006, R 006 Grandes Temas Musicales En Jazz Con Tino Contreras — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Grandes Temas Musicales En Jazz Con Tino Contreras (Album) Discos Rex S.A., Musart REX 006, R 006 Mexico 1967 Sell This Version
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REX 145 Imagenes En Jazz — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Imagenes En Jazz(LP, Album) Discos Rex REX 145 Mexico 1968 Sell This Version
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R 366 Misa Barroca / Historia Del Jazz — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Misa Barroca / Historia Del Jazz(LP, Album, Mono) Discos Rex R 366 Mexico 1971 Sell This Version
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T-10550 Jazz Jazz  — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Jazz Jazz (Album) Trebol T-10550 Mexico 1979 Sell This Version
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T-10550 Jazz Jazz  — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Jazz Jazz (8-Trk, Album) Trebol T-10550 Mexico 1979 Sell This Version
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LP 1001 How To Play Latin Beats! — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras How To Play Latin Beats!(LP) Sonolibro LP 1001 Mexico 1979 Sell This Version
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LP-DL-2006 La Musica Infinita — Tino Contreras Tino Kontreras* La Musica Infinita(LP, Album) Discos Latino's LP-DL-2006 Mexico 1979 Sell This Version
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DD-006 Yumare Sinfonia Tarahumara En Jazz — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras y Sus Hermanos* Yumare Sinfonia Tarahumara En Jazz(LP, Album) Discos Dodo DD-006 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
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TC-88 En Cuautitlan Izcalli — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras En Cuautitlan Izcalli(LP) Tino Contreras TC-88 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
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none Jazz Way — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Jazz Way(Cass) Not On Label none Mexico 1998 Sell This Version
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none Betsabé — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Betsabé(CD, Album) Not On Label none Mexico 2000 Sell This Version
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none Palacio De Bellas Artes: The 1971 Historic Night. Live — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Palacio De Bellas Artes: The 1971 Historic Night. Live(CD, Album) Not On Label none Europe 2004 Sell This Version
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CDPYP117 Jazz Mexicano — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Jazz Mexicano(CD, Album) Producciones P&P CDPYP117 Mexico 2011 Sell This Version
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none Live Sessions — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras & Javier Batiz Tino Contreras & Javier Batiz - Live Sessions(CD, Album) Centro Cultural Tijuana none Mexico 2017 Sell This Version
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BWOOD0239LP La Noche De Los Dioses — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras La Noche De Los Dioses (Album) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0239LP UK 2020 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

EX 45173 El Hombre Del Brazo de Oro — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras El Hombre Del Brazo de Oro (EP) Musart EX 45173 Mexico 1960 Sell This Version
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CS-014 Flamenco Jazz — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Flamenco Jazz(7") Sesion CS-014 Spain 1966 Sell This Version
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EX 46001 La Malagueña — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras La Malagueña(7") Musart EX 46001 Mexico 1967 Sell This Version
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ESP-025 Pron-Tito — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Pron-Tito(7", Single, Promo) Capitol Records ESP-025 Mexico 1969 Sell This Version
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RS-177 Viva Veracruz — Tino Contreras Tino Contreras Presenta a La Raza De Bronce Tino Contreras Presenta a La Raza De Bronce - Viva Veracruz(7", Single) Raff RS-177 Mexico 1971 Sell This Version