Born in 1895 in Brooklyn, New York, to parents of Portuguese descent, Vincent Lopez spent several hours a day learning to play the piano as a child. While performing at a Brooklyn saloon, he got his break when he substituted for a bandleader and soon was headline as a youngest orchestra leader in New York. After landing a position as a band leader for the hotel Pennsylvania, Lopez’s career skyrocketed. He played at President Coolidge’s inauguration, began making radio appearances and toured the United States. Lopez who passed away in 1975, is credited for introducing jazz in London where he opened his own nightclub, and for developing big-name talents such as Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw during TVs early days.
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Leonard B. Rodriguez is the President and CEO of the Westside Development Corporation. He is a former White House Advisor to the President of the United States and the 2017 St. Benitia Humanitarian Award Recipient.
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