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Adalberto Santiago

Adalberto Santiago
Adalberto santiago was born in Barrio Pozas in Ciales, Puerto Rico and his flawless lead vocals are among the best in salsa, and for over two decades he has sessioned as a coro (chorus) singer on countless New York recordings. His early influences included the great Cuban vocalists Beny Moré and Miguelito Cuní (b. 8...

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Andy González

Andy González
Andy González is a New York-based double-bass player. Born on January 1, 1951 in The Bronx, New York, González is a respected and prolific Jazz, Latin-Jazz and Salsa musician, composer and arranger of Puerto Rican ancestry and long-time musical callaborator with brother Jerry González, founding members of Conjunto Anabaco and Grupo Folklórico y Experimental Nuevayorkino...

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Bobby Cruz

Bobby Cruz
Bobby Cruz (born February 2, 1937) is a salsa singer and religious minister. He was part of the duo Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz. His seminal professional pairing with Richie Ray is one of the longest-lived partnerships in Latin music, lasting over 50 years. His wide vocal range and quiet, gentlemanly demeanor has earned Cruz...

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Bobby Porcelli

Bobby Porcelli
New York native Bobby Porcelli is one of Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz's most accomplished flautists and alto saxophonists. Bobby Porcelli has earned his stellar reputation through years of performing with the biggest names in Latin music. He joined the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra in 1963 and later the Machito Orchestra in 1965. Porcelli began playing with...

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Bobby Valentín

Bobby Valentín
Bobby Valentin a.k.a. "El Rey del Bajo" (King of the Bass) was borne in June 9th 1941.  He is a musician and salsa bandleader. Valentin (brith name: Roberto Valentin) was born in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. He was taught by his father to play the guitar at a young age. When his mother died in 1947,he...

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Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music. The band's sound featured his melodic, blues-based guitar lines set against Latin and African rhythms featuring percussion instruments...

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Charlie Rosario

Charlie Rosario
Charlie Rosario, a great artist who designed some of the great album covers for salsa back in the day (think Eddie Palmieri's "The Sun Of Latin Music" for instance). Charlie is alive and well, working on fabulous paintings, sculptures, and collage art. He's still designing, and also is well versed in photography. His specialty -...

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Chucho Valdés

Chucho Valdés
Chucho Valdés (born Jesús Dionisio Valdés; 9 October 1941 in Quivicán, Cuba) is a Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger. In 1972 he founded the group Irakere, one of Cuba's best-known Latin jazz bands. Together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Valdés is revered as one of Cuba's greatest jazz pianists. His father is the famed Cuban...

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Dave Valentin

Dave Valentin
Dave Valentin is a multi-Grammy award winning Latin Jazz flutist.  He learned Latin percussion.  Valentin's teacher, Hubert Laws, suggested that he not double on saxophone because of his attractive sound on the flute. He studied at the Bronx Community College. He is of Puerto Rican descent. In 1977, he made his recording debut with Ricardo...

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Eddie Palmieri

Eddie Palmieri
Eddie Palmieri (born December 15, 1936) is a Grammy Award winning Puerto Rican pianist, bandleader and musician. He is the founder of the bands "La Perfecta" and "La Perfecta II". Palmieri's parents migrated to New York from Ponce, Puerto Rico, in 1926, and settled in the South Bronx, a largely Hispanic neighborhood. There he and...

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Eddie Torres

Eddie Torres
Eddie Torres (born on July 3, 1950), also known as "The Mambo King", is a salsa dance instructor.  Eddie has been dancing and teaching salsa for over four decades, he has trained thousands of dancers, including some of the most important dancers and instructors of the Big Apple and all over the planet like Delille...

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Eddie Zervigon

Eddie Zervigon
Eddy Zervigon arrived in the United States from Cuba in 1962. That year he performed with Lou Perez's band and subbed for Pacheco when Johnny had to have a throat operation, and founded the charanga band, Orquesta Broadway. A charanga band is a Latin band that consists of flute, violin, bass, piano, timbale, guiro player/singer,...

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