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 Tino Contreras - Mexico la Noche album art Tino Contreras Mexico la Noche(LP) Polydor 46124 France 1960 Sell This Version
FLD 291 S Tino Contreras - Jazz A Paris album art Tino Contreras Jazz A Paris(LP) Disques Festival FLD 291 S France 1962 Sell This Version
D 836 Tino Contreras - Jazz Ballet album art Tino Contreras Jazz Ballet (Album) Musart D 836 Mexico 1963 Sell This Version
GF 131 007 Tino Contreras - Festival Del Jazz En Paris album art Tino Contreras Festival Del Jazz En Paris(LP, Album) Gamma (4), Disques Festival GF 131 007 Mexico 1963 Sell This Version
ST 10310 Tino Contreras - Percusiones Mexicanas album art Tino Contreras Percusiones Mexicanas (Album) Odeon ST 10310 US 1962 Sell This Version
REX 006, R 006 Tino Contreras - Grandes Temas Musicales En Jazz Con Tino Contreras album art 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
REX 145 Tino Contreras - Imagenes En Jazz album art Tino Contreras Imagenes En Jazz(LP, Album) Discos Rex REX 145 Mexico 1968 Sell This Version
R 366 Tino Contreras - Misa Barroca / Historia Del Jazz album art Tino Contreras Misa Barroca / Historia Del Jazz(LP, Album, Mono) Discos Rex R 366 Mexico 1971 Sell This Version
LP 1001 Tino Contreras - How To Play Latin Beats! album art Tino Contreras How To Play Latin Beats!(LP) Sonolibro LP 1001 Mexico 1979 Sell This Version
T-10550 Tino Contreras - Jazz Jazz  album art Tino Contreras Jazz Jazz (LP, Album) Trebol T-10550 Mexico 1979 Sell This Version
LP-DL-2006 Tino Contreras - La Musica Infinita album art Tino Kontreras* La Musica Infinita(LP, Album) Discos Latino's LP-DL-2006 Mexico 1979 Sell This Version
DD-006 Tino Contreras - Yumare Sinfonia Tarahumara En Jazz album art Tino Contreras y Sus Hermanos* Yumare Sinfonia Tarahumara En Jazz(LP, Album) Discos Dodo DD-006 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
TC-88 Tino Contreras - En Cuautitlan Izcalli album art Tino Contreras En Cuautitlan Izcalli(LP) Tino Contreras TC-88 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
none Tino Contreras - Live Sessions album art Tino Contreras & Javier Batiz Tino Contreras & Javier Batiz - Live Sessions(CD, Album) Centro Cultural Tijuana none Mexico 2017 Sell This Version
BWOOD0239LP Tino Contreras - La Noche De Los Dioses album art Tino Contreras La Noche De Los Dioses (Album) Brownswood Recordings BWOOD0239LP UK 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

EX 45173 Tino Contreras - El Hombre Del Brazo de Oro album art Tino Contreras El Hombre Del Brazo de Oro (EP) Musart EX 45173 Mexico 1960 Sell This Version
CS-014 Tino Contreras - Flamenco Jazz album art Tino Contreras Flamenco Jazz(7") Sesion CS-014 Spain 1966 Sell This Version
EX 46001 Tino Contreras - La Malagueña album art Tino Contreras La Malagueña(7") Musart EX 46001 Mexico 1967 Sell This Version
RS-177 Tino Contreras - Viva Veracruz album art La Raza De Bronce Preseta A Tino Contreras La Raza De Bronce Preseta A Tino Contreras - Viva Veracruz(7", Single) Raff RS-177 Mexico 1971 Sell This Version
JM.085 Tino Contreras - El Jazz Mexicano De album art Tino Contreras El Jazz Mexicano De(7", EP, Ltd, Num) Jazzman JM.085 UK 2011 Sell This Version
G. 303 LD Tino Contreras - Orfeo En Los Tambores album art Tino Contreras Y Su Tropical Jazz* Orfeo En Los Tambores(7", EP) Disques Typic Editions J. Garzon G. 303 LD France Unknown Sell This Version
G. 302 LD Tino Contreras - y Su Tropical Jazz album art Tino Contreras y Su Tropical Jazz(7", EP) Disques Typic Editions J. Garzon G. 302 LD France Unknown Sell This Version
FY 45 2292 S Tino Contreras - Good Beat album art Tino Contreras Good Beat(7", EP) Disques Festival FY 45 2292 S France Unknown Sell This Version
EX 45467 Tino Contreras - Mack The Knife / Taboo / En El Viejo Estambul / Orfeo En Los Tambores album art Tino Contreras Mack The Knife / Taboo / En El Viejo Estambul / Orfeo En Los Tambores(7", EP) Discos Musart EX 45467 Mexico Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

JMANCD 043 Tino Contreras - El Jazz Mexicano De Tino Contreras album art Tino Contreras El Jazz Mexicano De Tino Contreras (Comp) Jazzman, Jazzman JMANCD 043 UK 2011 Sell This Version