Miles Pena

Sometimes the Road Most Traveled Leads Home

It’s a long way from Havana to New York if you travel by way of Europe, South America and the Dominican Republic. Sometimes, by way of defection or in pursuit of freedom, this is the road one must travel.If you …

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 …