At the same time, he became a regular in New York recording studios, where he figured in major jazz sessions.
As if mastering salsa and jazz weren’t enough, Barretto also recorded with the Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees and other pop and rock acts in the 1970s.
The result: Last year, the National Endowment for the Arts named Barretto to an elite group as a “jazz master.”
Lesson: Draw on all your talents and interests, so you can break ground in new fields.
—Adapted from “King Conga!” Mark Holston, Hispanic.