Obituaries

Alfredo ‘Chocolate’ Armenteros, 87; Cuban trumpeter

Mr. Armenteros backed Nat King Cole and played on his “Cole Espanol’’ album.
Associated Press/file 2013
Mr. Armenteros backed Nat King Cole and played on his “Cole Espanol’’ album.

NEW YORK — Alfredo ‘‘Chocolate’’ Armenteros, a Cuban trumpeter, died Wednesday from complications of prostate cancer. He was 87.

Mr. Armenteros was raised on a farm in Santa Clara, Cuba. He earned the moniker ‘‘Chocolate’’ after he was mistaken for Cuban boxer Kid Chocolate. He was also known as the Cuban Louis Armstrong.

Mr. Armenteros backed Nat King Cole and played on the singer’s 1958 album, ‘‘Cole Espanol.’’ Mr. Armenteros also performed with Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria throughout his long career.

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‘‘She’s my girlfriend. She’s my soul, my life, my heart,’’ he said in 2013 about the silver trumpet he had been playing for more than six decades.

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‘‘Music is so vast that every day you learn something new,’’ he added.

Mr. Armenteros was married eight times and had seven children.