Entrevista Exclusiva: Lalo Rodriguez, Leyenda de la Salsa

Tuve la bendición el año pasado de poder entrevistar a mi amigo de muchos años, una leyenda viviente, Lalo Rodriguez, en su hogar en la Florida.

Espero que aprecien que una de las cosas que me diferencian a otras que hacen cosas similares a las que hago, como entrevistar leyendas y maestros de Salsa, es que he compartido el escenario con la mayoría de ellos. Además, de vez en cuando, también comparto videos de mi perspectiva, en el escenario, que aunque no siempre salen perfectos, son de una perspectiva bastante única (vea mi página de Pete Nater Music en Facebook si no lo han hecho ya) .

De todos modos, en esta entrevista, aprendí mucho sobre los inicios de Lalo y estoy bastante seguro de que disfrutarán de lo el  comparte. Son varios videos que corren seguido. Agradezco sus comentarios. Gracias, Pete Nater


Slamanater Exclusive Interview: Izzy Sanabria. Salsa History

While on Vacation in Florida last year (I know, I should have posted this a long time ago), I had the honor of visiting my friend of around 44 years, in his home, living legend, Izzy Sanabria, a/k/a Dizzy Izzy, a/k/a Mr. Salsa. If you don’t know who he is, I guarantee you’ll be amazed at what a major role he played in the history of Salsa over his career.

To say he is multi-talented would be an understatement. Publisher, comedian, M.C., graphic artist are a few of his talents. You or your parents likely have some of his LP cover artwork in your/their record collection. Latin NY magazine, that was his baby.

Izzy was extremely gracious to take the time out and grant me this exclusive interview, so that I could share it with the followers of Salsa Legends And Masters Academy. Trust me, he is someone you should know about. His contributions have been many and key over the years, especially during the Salsa explosion in New York during the 70’s and 80’s.

Watch the videos, 4 back to back, below and you’ll see and learn what I’m talking about. Salsa history.

Pete Nater


Exclusive Interview: 18 X Grammy winner, Jon Fausty

Chances are you have several older Salsa recordings that were engineered by this amazingly talented gentleman. Jon was THE main man for Fania recordings (tracking, editing, mixes) and “live” events, during the years when Fania Records, their subsidiaries, and their artists were at their peak. How many people that you know of, especially in the Salsa genre, that have won 18 Grammys?

About a year and 1/2 ago, while on vacation in Florida, I had an opportunity to catch up with my friend of 40+ years and he was gracious enough to grant me an exclusive interview for me to share with the followers of Salsa Legends And Masters Academy (Slamanater.com) at his home. A little trivia: In the 1980’s, I was actually the manager of a recording studio, Sound Ideas, and Jon was my boss for a few months

I guarantee you’ll be impressed with his story and his credits, as he’s truly a legendary recording engineer, especially in the genre of Salsa. I was blown away. I knew about some of his work, but in this video he goes through a long list of his work. Check it out and see how many recordings you, or your parents own, that Jon engineered.



Dave Valentin: A special performance for this beloved legend

Yesterday, a bunch of NY area musicians, mostly Steve Oquendo’s Latin Jazz Orchestra, got together to put on a performance for Dave Valentin and the residents of the rehabilitation center where is is currently being cared for and receiving treatment/therapy in efforts to nurse him back to health after his recent 2nd stroke and heart attack.

It saddens me to report that prior to yesterday (according to sources close to Dave), he seemed depressed and was not making any efforts to get better, i.e., he had pretty much given up on therapy. Yesterday however, he was definitely”into it”. Although he doesn’t communicate verbally at the moment, it was evident in his eyes as he watched everything and everyone, that he was enjoying the musical day.

On one occasion, while Connie  Grossman was soloing and unaware that Steve had cued the band for the next session, Dave relayed the cue to Connie with his fingers (sitting in front and counting down the cue), as she didn’t see Steve’s cue us. He was watching every solo and clapping at the end of every tune. Yeah, he was into it.

Below are some photos and a video Nicky Marrero’s wife share with me. I hope others will share more videos of the performance over time. This is what I have for now.

The people responsible for making this happen were Richie Bonilla and Irene DeRonda. The musicians who participated were:
Nicky Marrero, Pete Nater , Connie Grossman Leviatin, Steve Oquendo, Julie Acosta, William Olenick  Jason Gaines, Jerry Madera, Tonycastro Sonoratropical, Willie Martinez, Carl Corwin, Carlos Maldonado, Camilo Molina, Jorge Castro, Pete Bariman Miranda, James Jimmy Elmore, Hommy Ramos, Tokunori Kajiwara, Rey David Alejandre, Joseph QuiQue Gonzalez,

Please keep Dave in your prayers.

By Pete Nater

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Joe Bataan exclusive interview for SlamaNater.com

I think the world of this gentleman. At the end of this post, and below the videos and photos, I will share a link to a recent post, where I elaborate more on my feelings about Joe. For now, check out two videos.

Joe is a man of faith (as am I) and the first video  is what he said last night, (8/6/15) before going on stage at Lincoln Center’s LC Outdoors concert, which was filled to capacity, by the way. Who said Boogaloo is dead?

The second video was recorded in Paris a couple of months ago. He was gigging out there and I was hangin’. He took the time to do the interview for Salsa Legends And Masters Academy and also invited me to jam with him and Setenta, the Parisian excellent band that backed him up, at his concert. What an honor for me!!

I’m also including backstage photos from last night’s concert at Lincoln Center which capped off “Boogaloo Week” in NYC. I’ll also include a link to watch the concert which was streamed “live” and I think is still available to watch after. Enjoy.




Here are some backstage photos of the concert at Lincoln Center 8/6/15
Frankie Martinez and Aisha Koswara of the AMAZING ABAKUA dance company
Pete Rodriguez and Joe Bataan


Pete Rodriguez, Harvey Averne and Joe Bataan


Pete Rodriguez overlooking the audience at Lincoln Center Outdoors


Me and Pete Rodriguez


Here’s a link to my recent post about Joe Bataan

Here’s a link to the 8/6/15 Boogaloo concert at Lincoln Center in NYC    I’m not sure how long it will be available.

By Pete Nater