The Spanish Harlem Orchestra Similar Artists

Eddie Palmieri - 92% 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

Charlie Palmieri - 72% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Jazz World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Carlos Manuel Palmieri Jnr., 21 November 1927, Bellevue Hospital, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, d. 12 September 1988, the Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. Known in salsa as ‘El Gigante de Las Blancas y Las Negras’ (The Giant of the Keyboard), Palmieri’s parents, Carlos Palmieri Manuel Villaneuva and Isabel Maldonado-Palmieri, migrated from Ponce Read more

Roberto Roena - 64% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 January c.1940, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico; his last name is occasionally spelt as Rohena. A salsa band leader, Roena began his musical career as a dancer with various bands in Puerto Rico - he later became known as ‘El Gran Bailarín’ (The Great Dancer). While performing as a dancer and chorus singer with Cortijo Y Su Combo, the band’s leader Rafael Read more

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Cheo Feliciano - 62% 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

El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico - 62% 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 - 62% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: 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

Ray Barretto - 58% 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

Hilton Ruiz - 49% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 May 1952, New York City, New York, USA, d. 6 June 2006, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Ruiz studied piano from an early age, performing public recitals as a small child. In the mid- to late 60s he worked as a professional musician in bands playing Latin American music. In the early 70s he turned to jazz, studying with Mary Lou Williams. Later in the decade he played on nume Read more

Tommy Olivencia - 49% match to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Genres: Latin World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Ángel Tomás Olivencia Pagán, 3 May 1938, Villa Palmera, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico, d. 22 September 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico. During the five decades of its existence, Olivencia’s band acted as an ‘incubator’ for various notable solo salsa singers, including Marvin Santiago, Paquito Guzmán, Lalo Rodríguez, Gilberto Sa Read more


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