Author: Juan Montenegro

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CACHAO’S HAVANA YEARS, in hour #1, and CACHAO IN NEW YORK in hour #2. Israel “Cachao” Lopez is among the creators of the “descarga” or Latin Jam Session, that goes back to Havana’s “Golden Age of Cuban Music” in the 50’s. After 1960, Cachao steps into the NYC Latin music scene. Learn about this unique […]

Seattle, New York City, Los Angeles, Sarasota! We criss-cross the country this Friday. Featured groups; Bochinche, (Seattle) pianist Bill Buchman (Sarasota) Orquesta Broadway (NYC) Bongo Logic ( LA). LATIN EXPLOSION Friday, July 16, 7-9AM WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream https://wslr.org listen anytime https://archive.wslr.org/.

This week on LATIN EXPLOSION: 8X Grammy award winner Ruben Blades the creator of the “thinking person’s salsa dance music.” Plus Mario Bauza, musical director of Machito & his Afro-Cubans, Contemporary groups Bellita & Bomboleo and more. LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, https://wslr.org/stream listen anytime https://archive.wslr.org/ “From Tanga to Pedro Navaja!”

South American tenor master Gato Barbieri and the hard salsa blaster Ray Barretto on the next LATIN EXPLOSION. Plus Bomboleo and more. Send in requests for your Ray Barretto favorites. LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream https://wslr.org/ or listen anytime https://archive.wslr.org/ “Guarare!”

Orquesta Aragon!! The best Charanga or simply the one that lasted longest? Listen to Orquesta Aragon from the 1950’s to now on the next LATIN EXPLOSION. Plus, Charanga competitor Arcano y su Maravillas, Roy Ayers and much more. LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream https://wslr.org/ or listen anytime https://archive.wslr.org. “Separala Tambien, Espiritu […]

David Amram is The Interview tomorrow! Composer, arranger, conductor David Amram was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be the New York Philharmonic’s first Composer in Residence (1966)! We will play music from his album Havana New York (1977), talk about West Side Story and his current project in Kentucky. Plus, singers Albita, Brazilian percussionist Airto […]

LOS VAN VAN are back! For decades Cuba’s No. 1 Dance band! WILFRIDO VARGAS shares the show! Friday May 28, LATIN EXPLOSION! 7-9am EST, WSLR 96.5FM SARASOTA, or https://archive.wslr.org/ “Soy Todo!”

Bob Koester, owner of Chicago’s Jazz Record Mart, passed away this month. I’ll be joining Dadeeo on Collectors Corner when we interview Chicago music critic Howard Mandel​. Read his Chicago Reader story below. Collectors Corner, Sunday 1-3pm, WSLR 96.5 FM Sarasota, stream https://wslr.org/ or listen anytime https://archive.wslr.org/ https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/bob-koester-obituary-jazz-record-mart-delmark/Content?oid=88843266

CANTANTES DE AYER! Miguelito, Vicentico, Orlando! Singers from the 1950’s! Their stories and their great voices on Latin Explosion! Plus Salsero band leader Bobby Valentin and, Los Rumberos part 2!  Friday May 21 2021, 7-9A Eastern, WSLR 96.5FM Sarasota and on https://archive.wslr.org/

LATIN EXPLOSION focuses on NYC Rumberos including Totico, Puntilla and Daniel Ponce. Los Rumberos performed at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and Central Park. And in the clubs Soundscape and New Rican Village. It all started at the Peruvian Embassy! Benjamin Lapidus, author of the must-read “New York and the […]


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