Without doubt, trumpeter Miguel Martínez is the most influential instrumentalist in the history of mariachi music. He began his career as a young boy playing what was a novel and controversial instrument in Mexico City's Plaza Garibaldi of the 1930s. In 1942, he became the first trumpet player to join Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, which until then had been an all-string ensemble. During three decades with that legendary group, Miguel would set the standard for mariachi solo trumpet performance and leave a legacy that has yet to be equaled.
Furthermore, in a 1953-54 hiatus from Mariachi Vargas, as a member of Mariachi México de Pepe Villa, he introduced and popularized the two-trumpet mariachi instrumentation. As a composer, he is the distinguished author of many songs and instrumental mariachi standards. Over his career, he made several thousand commercially issued recordings and appears in nearly 150 Mexican motion pictures.
In addition to being one of the principal protagonists in the evolution of mariachi music, Miguel Martínez is one of its most compelling storytellers. In this, the first book-length biographical work on any major mariachi figure, he tells of his lifelong struggle to advance mariachi music and popularize the mariachi trumpet. In his enjoyable, conversational style, he shares his travels over several continents and his adventures with the major luminaries of Mexican music, song and film. This limited-edition book is essential for any mariachi fan or musician who reads Spanish.
This book is in Spanish.