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Johnny Colon Does the Boogaloo

Monday, April 23, 2012

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Latin boogaloo arose from the jazz, soul and R&B traditions around New York. Spanish Harlem native Johnny Colon was part of the boogaloo wave and helped define the iconic sound with hits like like “Boogaloo Blues." Today, the bandleader, pianist and educator joins us for a look at boogaloo's past and present.

Johnny Colon and His Orchestra performs at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. More info here


Johnny Colon

Comments [5]

Sandra from New York

Mr. Colon please speak to the huge popularity of Latin music in the African American community, just as much as the hispanics. As a kid we just loved it.

Apr. 23 2012 02:29 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

wholeheartedly agree on horace silver--grew up on a steady diet of him!

Apr. 23 2012 02:28 PM
kevin from upper LS

so wonderfully evocative of an urban vibe,that very much resonated with that specific time. it presaged a lot of the sounds to come.

Apr. 23 2012 02:23 PM
kevin from upper LS

one can hear a lot of early willie colon,in johnny's music.

Apr. 23 2012 02:03 PM
kevin from upper LS

thanks for saying "wave" instead of "craze". it's a little detail,but not without some significance. language is powerful.

Apr. 23 2012 01:54 PM

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