Tito Puente and Charlie Palmieri en El Bronx

The music and narration tell the whole story.

What else can I add?

The only thing I can add is the location.

The playground of PS 130, Hewitt Place, Bronx.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Jamming at “La Maganette”

From the YouTube collection of Neil Axelrod.

Beautiful footage from a wonderful time. Dave Valentin shines as host and leader of an impromptu flue summit.

Now out of business, La Maganette was a salsa magnet.

Here’s how New York Magazine described it:

Midtown’s kitschy old-Italian La Maganette (825 Third Avenue, at 50th Street) specializes in charanga, with performances by such … Read more

Ray Barretto – Canto Abacua – 1975

Filmed in 1975.

Ray Barretto with vocalists Humberto “Tito” Gómez and and Rubén Blades. Composition by Rubén Blades.

Posted to YouTube by Salserodel70.

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Lyrics:

Se escucha el sonar de tambores
Anuncian la misa pa’l que tenga fe
Y en medio de la noche oscura
Avanzan los fieles con rumbo al bemb

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Our Latin Thing – Nuestra Cosa

A film by Leon Gast (1972)

An excerpt of the review of the DVD re-issue (out of print) from the New York Times:

“EARLY in the salsa documentary “Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa),” a 40th anniversary version of which will be released Tuesday, the master percussionist Ray Barretto is asked what he wants the movie to accomplish. He responds that … Read more

Jerry Gonzalez (1949-2018)

Andy Gonzalez & Rumbajazz with Jerry Gonzalez, Pedrito Martinez, Perdomo, and Ivan Renta in Puerto Rico Heineken Jazz Fest 2008.

One of the great musicians of his generation Jerry Gonzalez passed away in accident in Spain. More information coming as we get it.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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