Author: Juan Montenegro

Mongo Santamaria, Our Man in Havana, at Montreux, and at the Village Gate! Mongo discovered great young talent to showcase at his concerts! And recorded with veteran singers like La Lupe, Justo Betancourt! Also hear Armando Sanchez y Son de la Loma, Sabu Martinez, and Chicago’s James Sanders & Conjunto and Chevere! 20th Century Salsa, […]

OYE COMO VA, we’ll play the original by Tito Puente, and the Carlos Santana hit! Plus Bobby Sanabria & NYC Ache, Roberto Roena’s Apollo Sound, Armando Sanchez & Son de la Loma, and Arturo Sandoval, this Friday January 20 on Latin Explosion! 20th Century Salsa, Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban music radio show! wslr.org stream this […]

Heirs of Latin Music’s Great Masters brought the Big 3 Palladium Orchestra to MIami Beach’s “South Beach Jazz Festival” Saturday January 7. Machito Jr. Tito Puente Jr. and Tito Rodriguez Jr. shared the stage backed by a cooking NYC band! 20th Century Salsa, Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban music radio show. That’s what we do. We […]

Singer Linda Ronstadt, pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, pianist Emiliano Salvador, pianist Hilton Ruiz, their music and stories on the January 6 Latin Explosion, a 20th Century Salsa, Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban music radio show. 7-9am Eastern, wslr.org, WSLR 96.5FM, Sarasota’s Pacifica affiliate! Stream this one until January 19. Claire Montenegro, producer, Juan Montenegro, […]

I just finished reading “Bebo De Cuba: Bebo Valdes and His World”, a 700 page book by Swedish historian Mats Lundhal (2015), on loan from John Radanovich, author of “WILDMAN OF RHYTHM” the Benny More Story. Thanks John! This is an incredible book! We’ll talk with John about Bebo, son Chucho and grandson Chuchito on […]

Happy Holidays to you! On this show we play “the hits” by Tipica 73, Eddie Palmieri, Ruben Blades, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto, Los Van Van, Arturo Sandoval, Cheo Feliciano, Johnny Pacheco and more, and mix them in with Holiday Favorites. The sketch is me, in the 70’s, the days of the original Latin Explosion show […]

Interview #1 with Mario Grillo (Machito Orchestra) and Harvey Averne (Coco Records) on Lalo Rodriguez, Puerto Rican singer and musician who passed away Tuesday. RIP Lalo! Interview #2 with Sammy Figueroa about the life and music of Carlos “Patato” Valdes. Sammy followed Patato in Herbie Mann’s band! Plus, the music of Omara Portuondo, Daniel Ponce […]

“Turn the Beat Around”, an exhibition now at The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach. This Friday, December 9, 7-9AM, listen to the interview with Francis Xavier Luca, PhD and curator. Available to stream until December 22 WSLR 96.5 Community Radio John Radanovich, author of “Wildman of Rhythm”, added us to the guest list at this party by […]

LATIN EXPLOSION goes on the road! We were in Paris, France in September and in Chicago, Illinois in November; music and history all around! Record stores and museums! Saw African-American Josephine Baker’s resting place. Ms Baker continues to make history to this day, now alongside the great men of France at the Pantheon! Eiffel Tower, […]

EDDIE PALMIERI Part 1 on the next LATIN EXPLOSION, a 20th Century Salsa, Latin Jazz and Afro-Cuban radio show! Friday, November 18! 7-9AM Eastern, wslr.org, WSLR 96.5FM Sarasota, KPFT 91.1 Houston, and other Pacifica affiliates. Stream it until December 1 at wslr.org Eddie Palmieri’s recording career until 1975: La Perfecta, Alegre 1962 With Ismael Quintana […]


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