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Cover for Bobby Quesada and His Boogaloo Band.
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July 24, 2014 Join us as we walk through New York's Spanish Harlem alongside DJ Turmix. He gives us a tour of El Barrio and one of the amazing musical genres born there: Boogaloo.
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The Joe Cuba Sextet.
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April 19, 2012 Felix Contreras, co-host of NPR's Alt.Latino, stops by to discuss the cultural significance, conflicts and sustained reach of boogaloo music.
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The Joe Cuba Sextet (bandleader Joe Cuba, center).
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April 18, 2011 The 1960's cross-cultural hybrid united African-Americans and Latinos politically and on the dance floor.
Conguero Poncho Sanchez gave Frank Foster's swing classic, "Shiny Stockings," a new identity as a mambo.
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February 22, 2010 Jazz musicians have long mined Broadway, the Great American Songbook, and even pop music for material. Here are five Latin interpretations of songs written by jazz musicians, a process that isn't as easy as playing the chords of a jazz composition over a mambo rhythm.
Tito Puente, above playing in London, was one of the best percussionists of any era.
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May 26, 2009 Want a great conversation-starter with a fan of Latin jazz? Ask, "What's your favorite pairing of conga and timbales?" Many long-standing percussion duos display seemingly telepathic interplay — the intensity of a runaway train mixed with the kind of swing that makes hips move by themselves. Picking five was a chore, but here they are.
February 3, 2003 Jazz percussionist Mongo Santamaria dies on Feb. 1 at 85. Santamaria scored a Top-10 hit with his version of Herbie Hancock's jazz-funk classic "Watermelon Man" in 1963. He also wrote the song "Afro Blue," later performed and made famous by John Coltrane. NPR's Elizabeth Blair has a remembrance.
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February 23, 2000 Rolando Arrieta profiles Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria. After arriving from Havana in 1949, Santamaria quickly made his mark on the New York mambo scene. He soon moved on to jazz, writing such standards as Afro Blue. Now retired, Santamaria still lives in New York City, and has been credited with helping to pave the way for today's Cuban musicians.
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