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.



Rare Vintage Grupo Fascinacion video

Yes, the video quality is horrible and the sound is somewhat distorted but the swing and specialness of the band shine through if you give the video a chance.

Who remembers Sundays at Tapestry? Anna Arraya-Colon and Tony Rodriguez used to have events and pay tribute to notable musicians of the time. Good times!

Band members in this video:
Pete Nater, trumpet
Miguel “Mike” Santiago, trumpet
Lionel Roman, trumpet
Johnny Rivera, vocals
Ivan “Palomita” Conde, tres RIP
Sammy “Timbalon” Pagan bongo RIP
Eddie Montalvo, congas
Johnny Torres, bass
(Nicky Marrero was also there and riffs on timbales for a minute)

Video courtesy of Anna Arraya-Colon and Roy Lopez

By Pete Nater


Edwin Sanchez: Chicago’s Elite Of Salsa. He Is The Man! Exclusive Interview

This past February, while I was in Chicago, for a few things, performing at the Chicago Salsa Congress with Larry Harlow and Ray De La Paz  and visiting my sister ( she’s a medical doctor) who lives out there and my new-born niece, I was very fortunate to catch up with (and jam with his excellent band at the Chicago congress too), master pianist, arranger, band leader and musical director for many top artists, Edwin Sanchez.

I’m very good friends with Edwin for years, as he lived in NY for a few years, during which time we played together many times with Ray Sepulveda and others and collaborated on several recordings too. He has stayed at my place, and I’ve stayed at his, that kind of friendship. I love him like a brother because he’s a great guy who happens to be an amazing musician.

That’s the reason I asked him to do an interview for Salsa Legends And Masters Academy. He is worthy, without a doubt. If you don’t know of him, you should. Hopefully, this interview/video will educate you as to his history and accomplishments.

By Pete Nater