Mongo Santamaria Masters of rhythm: Honoring the greats of Latin Jazz By Robin Lloyd • Apr 30, 2020 Photo by Luz Mendoza on Unsplash Listen Listening... / 4:58 Learn about three legends of Latin Jazz with Jazz Caliente host Robin Lloyd. For Jazz Appreciation Month, Robin Lloyd focuses on three influential Latin Jazz musicians and composers who shaped their creative talents to lead others in new directions as bandleaders. Jazz Caliente: Jazz Appreciation Month begins with birthday celebrations By Robin Lloyd • Mar 31, 2020 William I. Ballinger / The Associated Press April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and we'll join the festivities on Jazz Caliente this Saturday by celebrating some Latin jazz artists' birthdays. Jazz Caliente: Meet the Rhythm Makers, Part 6 By Robin Lloyd • Oct 6, 2017 William I. Ballinger / AP Ramón "Mongo" Santamaría Rodríguez is probably the most recognized of the Cuban-born conga drum players associated with American jazz and R&B. To many, Mongo represented the pinnacle of Afro-Cuban percussion.