Tag Archives: salsa dancing

Oscar Hernández Looks Back on a Lifelong Friendship With Rubén Blades

Oscar Hernandez and his Spanish Harlem Orchestra have won two GRAMMY Awards (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Oscar Hernandez and his Spanish Harlem Orchestra have won two GRAMMY Awards (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Oscar Hernández, leader of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra and former pianist and musical director for Rubén Blades, is a New York soul now making his home in Los Angeles. “I got divorced and I got remarried,” Hernández said. “And my wife was living here, so I was kind of at a crossroads in my life personally, and I just felt […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eddy Ortiz, an Adopted Son of Salsa

Salsa dancers at Steven's Steakhouse for Son Mayor's performance (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Salsa dancers at Steven's Steakhouse for Son Mayor's performance (Photo by Tessie Borden)
Eddy Ortiz didn’t grow up listening to salsa music. He was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, where the prevailing sound leans more to mariachi than son. But Ortiz, whose Son Mayor Orchestra plays the Autry on Thursday, July 21, learned early to respect Cuban music and its history. “Cuban music is so vast,” Ortiz told me […]