Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, Musician and Composer

Happy Birthday to musician and composer Leandro Barbieri (1934- 2016), born on November 28, 1934 in Rosario, Argentina.  Barbieri began piano lessons at age 12, and his internationally successful career ignited when he switched to tenor sax. Known as “Gato” (“The Cat”), his Latin Jazz style evolved as he played in Argentina, Italy and the US.  His breakout composition was the score for the slightly scandalous film “Last Tango in Paris”. He refined and reinvented his style throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Barbieri was renowned in the 1990s for his “smooth jazz” with a Latin rhythm, and he released the successful album, “Que Pasa?” in 1997.  Barbieri continued to inspire musicians and fans, and was still playing at age 80. 

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