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From Costa Rica With Love: Chino Espinoza

Espinoza's show is usually highly choreographed (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Espinoza's show is usually highly choreographed (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Mirley Espinoza, known as El Chino, appears quite at home when he shows up in T-​shirt and distressed, tailored jeans for his regular Friday night gig at the outlandishly posh Coco Palm Restaurant in Pomona. Patrons shake his hand, waiters pat his shoulder or wave, the club manager touches base with him before he goes … Continue reading From Costa Rica With Love: Chino Espinoza

Music as Work and Life: Susie Hansen

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Susie Hansen comes from musical stock. Her father, James Hansen, her first and main music teacher, was a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for 37 years. Hansen began taking lessons from him at age 5. So you’d think, given all that training, that Hansen would have followed in his classical steps to build a musician’s career … Continue reading Music as Work and Life: Susie Hansen

Teaching Salsa Between Sets

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When the Thursday Sizzling Summer Nights headliner band at the Autry is about ready for a break, that’s when Trish Connery steps into the spotlight. She’s the feisty lady you see with the microphone in the middle of the dance floor, bantering with diva dancers and cajoling salsa beginners as they learn to trip the light … Continue reading Teaching Salsa Between Sets

Yari More Remembers his Salsa Beginnings

Yari More and his Orchestra at the Autry in 2010 (Photo courtesy Yari More)
Yari More and his Orchestra at the Autry in 2010 (Photo courtesy Yari More)
Updated July 29, 2011 – Yari Moré was already a teenaged singing idol with a four-​year professional career in his native Colombia and in Ecuador before he came to the United States in 1980. “I was brought to be the main singer for a group here,” said Moré, whose orchestra played Thursday at the Autry to an audience of … Continue reading Yari More Remembers his Salsa Beginnings