Salsafying the Northwest with Jazz- Johnny Conga.

Position:Radio program host Juan Trevisano, Jr. - Biograf


Some radio DJ veterans have traveled from one neck of the woods to another, wbile gaining a wealth of knowledge that they otherwise might have experienced in a larger market like New York, Los Angeles or Florida. Other radio personalities are musicians or former musicians with ah insight on the genres and the performers.

One such radio host that fits both bills is Seattle's Juan Trevisano Jr., who was born to a Cuban dad (from Los Palacios, Pinar del Rio province) and Italian-American mom (from Brooklyn, N.Y.) on August 11, 1948. He grew up in the Bronx during the 1960s and '70s, and was playing with Latin bands by the time he was 15 years old, starting with Joe Panama, and followed by stints with Felipe "Phil" Díaz & the Latin Jazz Sextet (Díaz, Manny Ramos, Pat Patrick, Llewellyn Matthews, Carl Witherspoon), René Grand, Gil Suárez & the Hi-Latins, Ernie Agosto y La Conspiración, and The Latinaires.

In 1974, while working with Gloria Gaynor, one of the best Disco divas of the time, he earned the nickname Johnny Conga (or JC) to differentiate him from three other Johns in the band, and the alias stuck.

His radio career began in 1977 at Los Angeles' Alma del Barrio (KXLU 88.9FM), along with Eddie López, on the program segment Up From the Roots," which ran for approximately...

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