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Ismael “Pat” Quintana

Ismael “Pat” Quintana
Ismael "Pat" Quintana was borne at July 3rd 1937, Ponce, Puerto Rico. This influential salsa singer was only 15 days old when his family moved to New York City. While attending high school he organized a band with some friends, playing bongos. After graduating, he gigged in clubs in the Bronx. Eddie Palmieri heard Quintana...

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Izzy Sanabria

Izzy  Sanabria
 In 1978, the presigious GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarterly) magazine published a profile of Izzy Sanabria in which it stated: Known as "Mr. Salsa" because he almost single- handedly popularized the term "Salsa" (during the 1970s) which the world now recognizes as the name for New York’s Latin Music.Sanabria is something of a Puerto Rican Toulouse Lautrec...

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Joe Quijano

Joe Quijano
Joe Quijano was born on September 27 th 1935 at Puerta De Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico. The versatile Latin band leader, vocalist, percussionist and composer Quijano was seven years of age when his family settled in the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. In 1950, while at school he sang and played maracas...

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Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez Jr. (Percussion & Band Leader)

Johnny “Dandy” Rodriguez Jr. (Percussion & Band Leader)
Johnny "Dandy" Rodriguez Jr. (1945, United States), is a Latin percussionist from New York City.  At 17 years old Johnny earned a position playing bongos in the Tito Puente Orchestra. Johnny spent over 30 years with the Tito Puente Orchestra, also working with Tito Rodriguez from 1965 to 1968 and with Ray Barretto from 1970...

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Johnny Pacheco

Johnny Pacheco
Johnny Pacheco (born 25 March 1935) is a Dominican musician, arranger, producer, and bandleader of Cuban music (guaracha, son montuno, danzón, cha cha chá, guajira-son, pachanga).  He is one of the most influential figures in Latin music, best known for being the creator of the Fania All-Stars, and for coining the term "Salsa" to denote...

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José Madera (Percussion & Arranger)

José Madera (Percussion & Arranger)
One would think that a job with the world famous Tito Puente band keep busy a percussionist. But the musician , arranger and composer José Madera had yet found the time to record and write music for some of the most influential bands in the world. Prior to joining Tito Puente over 35 years ago...

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Larry Harlow

Larry Harlow
Larry Harlow (born March 20, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, as Lawrence Ira Kahn) is an American salsa music performer, composer and producer. He was born into a musical American family of Jewish descent. Harlow is a son of the late Rose and Buddy Kahna and the brother of Andy Harlow. His mother was an...

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Luigi Texidor

Luigi Texidor
Born in 1940 in Puerto Rico, he joined the Sonora Ponceña in 1963, became one of the leading singers in 1968. Among many others, the success Ñañaracai Noche Como Boca E Lobo Omele, La Montaña del Oso, Bomba Carambomba El Pío Pío ... He participated in two albums with the Puertorican All Stars (1976-7), etquitte...

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Luis “Perico” Ortiz

Luis “Perico” Ortiz
Luis Ortiz also known as "Perico" was born on December 26th  1949 at San Juan, Puerto Rico.  He is a trumpet player, composer, musical arranger and producer. Early years Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the capital city of the island. He was raised in Santurce, a sector of San Juan. His family's...

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Martin Cohen

Martin Cohen
Call it love at first sound. In 1956, when Latin Percussion founder Martin Cohen was 17, he wandered into the legendary New York nightclub Birdland, where vibraphonist Cal Tjader was leading a Latin-jazz band. “The music was so infectious that I have never lost my love for it,” Cohen says. He subsequently started attending the...

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Nelson González

Nelson González
Nelson González was born in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico,  is distinguished for his mastery of the Cuban Tres guitar. This traditional instrument is indispensable to the interpretation of 'Son', the most popular form of Cuban dance music. His love of Afro-Caribbean music developed at an early age and was nurtured in New York City, where he...

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Nicky Marrero

Nicky Marrero
Master timbalero and percussionist Nicky Marrero was ubiquitous during the 1970s New York salsa boom, playing and recording with Eddie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, Ismael Miranda, Típica Novel, Louie Cruz, Fania All Stars, Machito, and on, and on - not to mention Típica 73! One of the tightest rhythm guys ever, his style is a hybrid...

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Orlando Marin

Orlando Marin
Orlando Marin is an American band leader and timbales player born in the Bronx, New York in 1935. He formed his first band, Eddie Palmieri and his Orchestra, in 1951-52 with himself as director and Eddie Palmieri as musical director and later on the piano. He is of Puerto Rican descent. After his first group...

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Oscar D’León

Oscar D’León
Oscar Emilio León Somoza, better known as Oscar D'León (born in Caracas, Venezuela on July 11, 1943) is a Venezuelan musician who became internationally famous for his salsa music. In Spanish, he is known as El Diablo de la Salsa ("The Devil of Salsa"), El Sonero del Mundo ("the Son Singer of the World") and...

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Papo Lucca

Papo Lucca
Enrique Arsenio Lucca Quiñonez, better known as Papo Lucca ("Papo" a being common Puerto Rican slang for "junior"), is a Puerto Rican multi-instrumentalist best known for his pianist skills. His main musical genres are Salsa and Latin Jazz. He ranks with the late Charlie Palmieri, as one of the best piano instrumentalists in Latin Jazz...

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Pupi Lagarreta

Pupi Lagarreta
Innovative Cuban violinist, flautist, singer, band leader, arranger, composer Legarreta was a key participant in the early 60s pachanga/charanga craze, mid-70s to early 80s charanga revival and New York descarga movement. As a boy he paid for violin tuition by working as a barber, which his father urged him to abandon. Pupi left Cuba in...

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