Latin jazz percussionist Ray Barretto, who had open-heart surgery in late January, might face another operation after complaining of chest pains, according to a family representative.
Doctors suspect the pain might be caused by internal bleeding from an artery that was operated on.
The drummer’s wife said the prospect of further surgery was a “minor setback,” according to a statement from Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J.
Baretto was in stable condition at press time. In January, the Grammy-winning Barretto was honored as one of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Jazz Masters of 2006, the nation’s highest jazz honor.