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 vintage regulars as flute legend José Fajardo and New York’s seminal Orquesta Broadway.


Jose Fajardo
Larry Harlow
Nelson Gonzales
Eddie Servigon
Dave Valentin
Jimmy Bosch
Aretmes Chocolate
Joe Santiago
Hermon Olivia
Pablo Rosari

– Ken McCarthy
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