The Salsa Museum.

Author:Salazar, Max

On December 1, 1998, The Salsa Museum, located at 2127 3rd Avenue, off the corner of 116th Street, New York, opened at 1 p.m. Greeting the people was Cruz "Chino Melao" DeJesus, a popular percussionist-bandleader during the late '70s in New York City.

Among the many who turned out for this occasion were Larry Harlow, Connie Grossman, Viti Ruiz (Frankie's younger brother), Rafael Cortijo's nephew, Orlando Marin, Steve Pouchie and vocalist Willie Torres, along with Joey Pastrana. Adorning the museum's walls are rare photographs of yesteryear and contemporary artists such us Rafael Hernández, Daniel Santos, Bobby Capó, Pedro Flores, Myrta Silva, Cortijo, Machito, Ismael Rivera, Andy Montañez, Benny Moré, Andy Montañez, Cheo Feliciano, Hector LaVoe, and Joe Cuba. There are 78 RPM recordings, rare album covers, instruments, videos, awards, and musician's biographies.

The idea for the museum was born in March, 1998...

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