VOCAL SAMPLING

VOCAL SAMPLING

Who? What? No, never heard of them. Those were some of the responses to the question, ‘Have you heard of Vocal Sampling?’ Well my dears, if you count yourselves among those answering in the negative, please pay close attention. You …

ROBERTO ROENA

ROBERTO ROENA

Roberto Roena was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico on January 16, 1940. This gentleman born under the astrological sign of Capricorn has a long and distinguished career en el mundo de Salsa. In addition to his musical abilities he is …

OSCAR D'LEON AT DIVERSITE

OSCAR D’LEON AT DIVERSITE

Believe me, hundreds of local Salseros are glad they didn’t miss this one. A steady steam of handsome musicians began arriving at Diversite at approximately 9:00 PM. Oscar D’Leon would appear later. He took stage at approximately midnight. There were …

JIMMY BOSCH

JIMMY BOSCH

I met Jimmy Bosch on a Monday night in 1987. He had been playing with Ray Barretto’s Salsa orchestra at the Village Gate in Manhattan. The musical style and the power behind his trombone were intoxicating. Between sets, as he …

SALSA: A BRIEF HISTORY

SALSA: A BRIEF HISTORY

Salsa is a tropical music form with roots in the Afro-Cuban tradition. In the early 1930s Mario Bauza’ (Machito’s brother-in-law) traveled from Cuba with Don Azpiazu’s band to New York City and settled in Harlem after the other members returned …