Al Escobar (1915-2015) was the boy from Barranquilla, Colombia, who made it in California in late Fifties as pianist and bandleader. Tito Puente introduced Escobar in the late 40's to the New York Latin music scene, where he worked in Puente's band with Vicentico Valdés before returning home for a couple of years. There, he organized an 11-man orchestra to work in country clubs and radio shows, and established an impressive reputation throughout Colombia.
When in 1952 Al returned to New York, he spent a year with Pupi Campo’s ebullient band. His next engagement was somewhat more exotic, as he became musical director for the sinuous Eartha Kitt. In that capacity, he toured with her along the nation’s plush club circuit.
In 1956 Al moved to Los Angeles, where he worked with the bands of Tito Rivera, Tony Martinez and Luis Arcaraz, and finally he joined bongo-conga drummer Jack Costanzo...