Jorge Dalto (July 8, 1948 – October 27, 1987) was a pop, jazz and Afro-Cuban music pianist from Argentina, and the former musical director and keyboardist (together with Ronnie Foster) for George Benson, contributing the acoustic piano intro and solo to Benson's 1976 Grammy-winning hit version of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade". He also performed with Tito Puente, Grover Washington, Spyro Gyra, Fuse One, Gato Barbieri, Willie Colon and others.[1] He died of cancer at the age of 39.[2]

Jorge Dalto
Born(1948-07-08)July 8, 1948
Roque Pérez, Argentina
DiedOctober 27, 1987(1987-10-27) (aged 39)
New York, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, Afro-Cuban, crossover jazz
InstrumentsPiano, Fender Rhodes
Associated acts

Dalto's wife, Adela, is a jazz singer. His son, Billy, served in the Oregon House of Representatives from 2003 to 2007.[3]


As leaderEdit

As sidemanEdit

With Spyro Gyra

With Chet Baker

With George Benson

With Dizzy Gillespie and Machito

With Grant Green

With Heaven and Earth

  • Refuge (1973)

With Willie Colón

With Gato Barbieri

Whit Djavan Luz (Djavan Album) 1982


  1. ^ Harris, Craig. "Jorge Dalto Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Jorge Dalto Dies at 39; A Jazz-Fusion Pianist". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 30, 1987.
  3. ^ "Aide hopes to be Oregon's first Hispanic GOP senator". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. December 27, 2001. Retrieved December 28, 2020.
  4. ^ "New York Nightline". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 11 February 2016.

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