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Boogaloo: ¡Que Funky!

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Monday, April 23, 2012

In the 1960s and ‘70s, the boogaloo genre grew out of the Latin jazz, soul and R&B traditions in New York. Johnny Colon, the bandleader, pianist and educator behind hits like “Boogaloo Blues,” joins us for a look at boogaloo, past and present. Plus, Brazilian vocalist Paula Morelenbaum spent 10 years in famed songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim’s band - she performs live. And: Why Broadway is bustling with new shows this month.

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Johnny Colon Does the Boogaloo

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.

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Paula Morelenbaum: In Studio

Paula Morelenbaum is one of Brazil’s finest singers, and spent 10 years with the famed Brazilian songwriter Antonio Carlos Jobim’s band. She’ll sing one of Jobim’s hits and the haunting theme from the film "Black Orpheus" when she joins us in the studio. 

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Gig Alert: Alexander String Quartet

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