Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Larry Harlow: Salsa’s Second Coming

Larry Harlow
Larry Harlow

Keyboardist and composer Larry Harlow was present at the birth of Fania Records, so it seems apt that the label’s revival has breathed new life into his career. At its peak in the mid-1970s, Fania was a global force that turned salsa into an international movement, with a glittering roster of Latin music giants such as Celia Cruz, Rubén Blades, Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Bobby Valentin, Willie Colón, Hector Lavoe, Johnny Pacheco and Harlow, many of whom also toured with the label’s hugely popular calling card, The Fania All-Stars.

“Between Orestes Vilato, Pacheco, Eddie Palmieri, Willie Colón and myself, we’re the only ones left from that era,” says Harlow, 67, now touring widely with his Latin Legends of Fania band. “But the phones are ringing again and I’m working all over the world. I see people in Japan, Finland and Germany dancing to this music. So I’m getting another renaissance coming around again.”

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.