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Ray Barretto - 100% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Funk Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 April 1929, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA, d. 17 February 2006, Hackensack, New Jersey, USA. Born to Puerto Rican parents, Barretto was raised in East Harlem and the Bronx and was a prominent Latin band leader for many decades. However, he started his professional career as a jazz recording session conga player. To escape the ghetto he joined the army at 17. Infl Read more

Eddie Palmieri - 98% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Jazz Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Eduardo Palmieri, 15 December 1936, South Bronx, New York City, New York, USA, of Puerto Rican parentage. The self-avowed pioneering ‘oxygen cocktail’ of contemporary salsa, pianist, band leader, composer, arranger, producer Palmieri began playing the piano at the age of eight. He also played timbales, and wanted to specialize in the instrument, but changed his min Read more

El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico - 89% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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In May 1962, under the leadership of pianist/arranger/composer Rafael Ithier, members of Rafael Cortijo’s Combo deserted to become the 11-piece El Gran Combo (EGC). The defectors were Rogelio ‘Kito’ Vélez (d. 1990; trumpet and arrangements); Eddie Pérez and Héctor Santos (saxophones), Martin Quiñones (conga), Roberto Roena (bongo and d Read more

Poncho Sanchez - 76% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin Latin Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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30 October 1951, Laredo, Texas, USA. The youngest of 11 children, Sanchez taught himself to play guitar, flute, drums and timbales before choosing the conga. He was raised in Norwalk, California, where he played with local bands although his first engagement was as a singer with an R&B band. Among the artists he listened to in these formative years were Machito, Tito Pue Read more

Los Van Van - 74% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Songwriter/bass player Juan Formell (Havana, Cuba) formed Cuba’s enigmatic Los Van Van in 1969 after a year of tutelage under renowned band leader Elio Revé in Orquesta Revé. Often credited with the invention of ‘songo’, a new Cuban sound influenced by rock, jazz and Brazilian music, Los Van Van became one of the Cuba’s most influential and Read more

Tito Puente - 74% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Jazz Latin Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ernesto Antonio Puente Jnr., 20 April 1923, Harlem Hospital, New York City, New York, USA, d. 31 May 2000, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parentage, Puente began piano lessons when he was seven years old and around the age of 10 started tuition in drums and percussion, which became his forte. Around 1936, Puente commenced his professional career as a drum Read more

Rubén Blades - 70% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 July 1948, Panama City, Panama. Blades was brought up in a musical family, with his mother Anoland an accomplished pianist and singer, and his father Rubén Snr. a bongo player. In 1966, while still at school, he became a vocalist with the band Conjunto Latino. He then switched to Los Salvajes Del Ritmo, staying with this band until 1969. In 1970, he travelled to Ne Read more

Oscar D'Leon - 61% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Oscar Emilio León Samoza, 11 July 1943, Antímano, Caracas, Venezuela. Charismatic singer and bass player D’León, commonly known as ‘El Leon de la Salsa’ (The Lion of Salsa), is one of the few contemporary salsa musicians to capitalize on the strengths of 40s and 50s Cuban big band arrangers, yet recognizably with a distinctive modern flavo Read more

Willie Colon - 58% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Latin Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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William Anthony Colón, 28 April 1950, Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. Born of Puerto Rican parents, Colón, as a trombonist, singer, composer, producer, arranger and actor, organized his first band in 1964. He made his recording debut as a band leader on a self-produced single released on the Futura label, which was co-founded by Al Santiago. At the age of Read more

Cheo Feliciano - 56% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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José Feliciano, 3 July 1935, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Feliciano took an early interest in music, especially bolero, and when only eight years old he and some friends formed a group, El Combo Las Latas, in which he was a percussionist although all of their instruments were homemade. In his early teens he had some formal tuition in music but then, in 1952, his father moved t Read more

Celia Cruz - 50% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alonso, 21 October 1924, Santa Suarez district, Havana, Cuba, d. 16 July 2003, New Jersey, USA. Described as the ‘Queen of Salsa’ - just one of her several superlative epithets - Cruz will be remembered as the most influential female in the history of Afro-Cuban music. Her family and neighbours became aware of the young Celia’s singing Read more

Joe Cuba - 47% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Gilberto Miguel Calderon, 22 April 1931, New York City, New York, USA; of Puerto Rican parentage. Calderon, who was a salesman by day, played conga with the Joe Panama Quintet, whose other personnel were: Panama (leader/piano), Jimmy Sabater (timbales/vocals), Willie Torres (lead vocals), Tommy Berrios (vibraphone) and Roy Rosa (bass). In late 1954, the pianist, composer and Read more

Marc Anthony - 45% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Dance Latin Latin Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Marco Antonio Muñiz, 16 September 1968, New York City, New York, USA. One of the leading salsa stars of the late 90s and early 00s, Anthony began his career as a session vocalist for pop and dance acts. His Puerto Rican parents boasted a strong Latin music heritage and named their son after a Mexican singer. Under his new name, Anthony worked as a songwriter and backi Read more

Gilberto Santa Rosa - 43% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 August 1950, Puerto Rico. Since the mid-80s, the mainstream salsa recording industry in Puerto Rico and the USA has been largely preoccupied with developing and marketing the images of ‘good looking’ young male vocalists, rather than producing solid, stimulating music performed by swinging soneros (improvising salsa singers). Santa Rosa, however, who was one of Read more

Cachao - 40% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin World Music
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