Ronnie Cuber (1941-2021) was a celebrated American jazz baritone saxophonist, known for his distinctive sound and versatile contributions to the jazz and Latin music scenes. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Cuber began playing the saxophone at an early age and attended the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with saxophone legend Joe Allard.
Cuber’s career took off in the early 1960s when he joined the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra. Over the years, he performed with an array of acclaimed artists and ensembles, including Woody Herman, Lionel Hampton, George Benson, and Lee Konitz. His work with Latin music icons, such as Eddie Palmieri and Mongo Santamaria, further showcased his diverse musical talents.
In addition to his work as a sideman, Cuber enjoyed a prolific career as a bandleader, releasing several albums under his own name. Notable recordings include “Cuber Libre,” “The Scene Is Clean,” and “Love for Sale.” His powerful sound and virtuosic technique on the baritone saxophone earned him recognition as one of the leading players of his generation.
Throughout his career, Ronnie Cuber made a lasting impact on the world of jazz and Latin music, thanks to his unique sound, wide-ranging collaborations, and extensive discography. His legacy as a master baritone saxophonist continues to inspire musicians and listeners alike.