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Born in Havana, musician and manager José Curbelo (1917-2012) studied music and performed at live music venues from an early age. In the 1940s, Curbelo began working as a band leader in New York City and by the 1960s he had started Alpha Artists, an agency specializing in representing Latin musicians who performed live music. The José Curbelo papers contain photographs, clippings, copies of advertisements, and promotional materials which primarily document Curbelo’s band and its trajectory in New York during the 1940s.