Author: Juan Montenegro

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“Early Eddie” is what’s up this Friday December 10! Band leader Eddie Palmieri in the 1960’s and 1970’s! The albums you are going to hear are on the Alegre, Roulette and Tico labels. From Miami, singer Carlos Oliva, “El Alcalde de la Calle Ocho”! UPDATE: I spoke with Carlos Oliva today. He tells me that […]

To Brazil and Africa and then to Havana and Sarasota (Floricuba) on the November 12 LATIN EXPLOSION! Herbie, Sergio, Maraca and Sammy it is! Don’t miss SAMMY FIGUEROA on THE INTERVIEW. New Yorker Sammy Figueroa performs with his band Monday November 22 in Sarasota. Jazz Club of Sarasota is presenting! LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday, 7-9am WSLR […]

Arturo O’Farrill is The Interview October 15! Arturo is the accomplished pianist, arranger and band leader who continues to cultivate the legacy of his father Chico. More at,, Plus Johnny Pacheco, and Irakere as we pick up from what we started the last time. Tune in on the net at […]

On the next LATIN EXPLOSION: Irakere, Johnny Pacheco y su Tumbao, Kako Totico y El Trabuco, Haciendo Punto en Otro Son, and Roberto Roena (RIP) y su Apollo Sound. We lost RR on September 23. LATIN EXPLOSION, Friday October 8, 7-9AM Eastern,, or WSLR 96.5FM in Sarasota! Juan Montenegro, host “Agarrate de la Brocha”

John “Dandy” Rodriguez is The Interview Friday October 1! “Dandy” started with Tito Puente while he was still in his teens, then it was on to Ray Barretto, he was a founding member of Tipica 73, and after that it was back to Mr. TP for a couple of more decades! John has lived in […]

Franferrer, El Gran Combo, Jerry Gonzalez (RIP), Grupo Folklorico, Mambo Legends and more on the 9/24 LATIN EXPLOSION!!! Tune in, turn on! WSLR 96.5FM in Sarasota. Congratulations to John Weber in Billingham, Washington! Winner of the “CARACAS” CD by Bochinche! It’s in the mail! John Weber heard all about it on KUGS 89.3 FM, […]

The sad news about Larry Harlow’s passing came on Friday August 27. I’m going to re-broadcast my November 2020 interview with Larry Harlow, and play his music on the next Latin Explosion, Friday September 3. A special LATIN EXPLOSION! WSLR 96.5FM Sarasota, or on-line The show remains archived and available for the following two […]

“CARACAS’ by Bochinche is the best Salsa CD you’ve never heard of — until now. The year was 1990, the band performed in Seattle, and while the singer was from Venezuela, the rest of the great band were non-Latinos! I’ve been listening to this one for decades, and has gone with me all over. I […]

Oscar D’Leon, Walfredo de los Reyes, Cuban Masters, Markolino, Alfredo De La Fe, Deodato and more! Coming your way this Friday 8/20 7-9AM, WSLR 96.5FM Sarasota! LATIN EXPLOSION is the show. Listen Live at, or listen later;     /

CELIA CRUZ in Cuba and US, plus the JOE CUBA Sextet making music for the barrio! Their music and their story plus a little more on Latin Explosion! Salsa, Latin Jazz, Musica Cubana. Friday August 13 7-9AM WSLR 96.5FM Sarasota, or on the stream. “LIKE” Latin Explosion on Facebook!

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