CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan pianist and composer Aldemaro Romero, whose music was interpreted by artists from Tito Puente to Dean Martin, died Saturday. He was 79.
His death was caused by complications from an intestinal blockage, said a family spokeswoman.
He emerged as a virtuoso pianist in the 1950s and in the following years explored various Venezuelan musical styles while composing innovative symphonic music. His biggest international seller was the album "Dinner in Caracas."
Mr. Romero transcended established genres as he composed a fusion of styles such as bossa nova and Venezuelan joropo and as he recorded with American guitarist Charlie Byrd.