Thank you for your wonderful Jewish heritage El grandioso Larry Harlow

Yes, I am talking about Larry Harlow, the American salsa music pianist, performer, composer, band leader and producer. He was born into a musical American family of Jewish descent in Brooklyn, New York City.
Harlow grew up in a New York where Jews were among the most ardent fans of the mambo and Latin music that boomed in the 40’s and 50’s, mamboniks who danced hip to hip with Puerto Ricans, Blacks, Cubans and Italians at the Palladium and who embraced another exuberant, outsider culture.

He was named “El Judio Maravilloso” (The Marvelous Jew) by the extended family of genre-changing Latin musicians at Fania Records. Harlow was a passionate, big-hearted man whose extraordinary talent — as pianist, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, composer and producer – and love for his adopted culture made him a transformative force in Latin music. He developed a unique style of playing the piano that combined elements of jazz, mambo, and conjunto.

Larry Harlow was a true legend of salsa music. His music will continue to inspire and entertain people for many years to come.

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