Author: Juan Montenegro

A trip to Woodstock, Montreux, and The Village Gate with Carlos Santana and Mongo Santamaria on LATIN EXPLOSION! Plus, The Interview with Benjamin Lapidus on his new book “New York and the International Sound of Latin Music 1940-1990.” LATIN EXPLOSION Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5. FM Sarasota, listen live https://wslr.org/ or anytime https://archive.wslr.org/ “Evil Ways!”

LATIN EXPLOSION Fans: BUY A BRICK this week! The WSLR Spring Membership Drive is here. Thank you Gerardo Velez and Bill Buchman for the Buy a Brick tracks! They’ll be on the show plus lots of salsa, Latin jazz and musica Cubana. Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, Listen live at WSLR.org or anytime at […]

Trumpet master Arturo Sandoval, Bronx bandleader Bobby Sanabria plus two very different pianists: Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Emiliano Salvador. LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, listen live at WSLR.org or listen anytime at https://archive.wslr.org/. “Hot House!”

Did you know Linda Ronstadt had a Latin album? Check it out this Friday along with the music of bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez, pianist Hilton Ruiz and singer/leader Tito Rodriguez on LATIN EXPLOSION. Friday, 7-9am WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream wslr.org or listen anytime by typing WSLR LATIN EXPLOSION in your browser. “Vuela la Paloma!”

Its Ismael Rivera “El Sonero Mayor”, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz, Ritmo Oriental and Orquesta Riverside on LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream at wslr.org or listen anytime by typing WSLR LATIN EXPLOSION in your browser. “Aguzate!” “

Did you know the US Post Office in Spanish Harlem is named after Tito Puente? It’s TP, Elio Reve, Omara Portuondo and the Puerto Rico All Stars on LATIN EXPLOSION. Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream at WSLR.org or listen anytime by typing WSLR LATIN EXPLOSION in your browser. “Oye Como Va!”

It’s 1970’s Chicago this week on LATIN EXPLOSION. The Interview will be with my good friend, founder/leader of Chevere de Chicago Alejo Poveda. We will talk about the recording of “Brazilian Dorian Dream” by Manfredo Fest and his time with Chicago band Hondo Beat which featured the famous Jorge Dalto before he went to New […]

It’s The Pianists on LATIN EXPLOSION: Eddie Palmieri, Peruch√≠n and Chucho Vald√©s. Plus Omar Portuondo, Cal T’Jader and a little Freddie Prinze comedy! LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream live at https://wslr.org/ or listen anytime by typing WSLR LATIN EXPLOSION in your browser. “Looking Good!”

Flautist/bandleader Johnny Pacheco, a salsa pioneer and innovator, is best known for being the creator of the Fania All Stars and Fania Records. Plus popular Miami singer/bandleader Carlos Oliva, el Rey de la Calle Ocho! LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream at https://wslr.org/ or listen anytime by typing WSLR LATIN EXPLOSION in […]

The music of composer/arranger Chico O’Farrill and his arranger/director son, Arturo O’Farill will be featured Friday on LATIN EXPLOSION. Plus, salsa and timba with Tommy Olivencia and NG La Banda. LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream at wslr.org or listen anytime by typing WSLR LATIN EXPLOSION in your browser. “Veneno!”


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