Johnny Colón

Johnny Colon, an American salsa musician and leader of the Johnny Colon Orchestre, was born in New York City. He is also the founder of East Harlem Music School. Also known for his contribution to the 1960s boogaloo sound, he was born in New York City. Colon was the son of Puerto Rican parents. Colon wrote the Orchestra’s songs, sang, played the trombone and played percussion. His 1967 debut album Boogaloo Blues was his first success in salsa. Over the period 1967-1972, he released five albums and founded East Harlem Music School in 1968. It still exists today. His most recent jazz album, “Keeping It Real”, features American pop songs. Allmusic

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