On Wednesday, June 27, Marysol Cerdeira, a.k.a. DJ Mar Y Sol, will get the salsa party started before the Legendary Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana take charge of the dance floor. Before she warms up the crowd in person, the host and producer of WBAI's Montuneando con Marysol gets a head start by selecting a few highlights from Quijano's extensive catalog.


Marysol Cerdeira: Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the Bronx, the bandleader, vocalist, and composer Joe Quijano started his musical journey at the age of 15. Since then, he's enjoyed an extensive music career and is considered a legend in Latin music, having played and recorded with the best in the business. Quijano's musical legacy includes 460 original songs presented on 35 recorded albums. It wasn't easy to pick just 13 tracks!


"Yo Soy El Son Cubano" by Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana
This track was originally released in 1961 on the La Pachanga Se Baila Así album on CBS Records. Quijano named his band Cachana after his grandfather's nickname.


"New York, New York" (feat. Dave Valentin) by Joe Quijano and his Orchestra, Dave Valentin
Frank Sinatra in clave! Songs made famous by Frank Sinatra given a salsa workout. Released in 2003, this album features Grammy-winner Dave Valentin on flute.


"En Mi Viejo San Juan" by Joe Quijano and his Orchestra
For this album, released in 2016 on the Cesta label, Quijano put together a 20-piece Latin orchestra to showcase the best in Latin rhythms. This Latin big band features arrangements from Ray Santos, Marty Manning, Nick Jimenez, and Emilio Reaves.


"Sonriedo Fué" by Joe Quijano & Augusto Onna
This album won the Premio Internacional Cubadisco 2011 del Instituto Cubano de la Música, which is widely considered Cuba's equivalent of the American Grammys.


"Volví A Cataño" by Joe Quijano, Conjunto Cachana
This is the title track off the 1960 Spanoramic Records release, SPL 142. The remastered version was released in 2016.


"Pico y Placa" by Joe Quijano, Fruko
This single was released in 2016. While stuck in traffic in the city of Medellín, Joe composed this track. He had lunch with Fruko and they decided there and then to record it.


"Mani Tostao (Mambo Jazz)" by Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana
This tune was originally released in 1962 on Joe Quijano And His Fantastic Conjunto Cachana, referred to as "The World's Most Exciting Latin American Orchestra And Revue," on the Cesta Records label.


"La Paella" by Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana
Latin dance music of the 1960s: Son Montuno, Guajira, Cha Cha Cha, Afro-Son, Danzon Cha, Guajira Cha and Bolero-Son. Featuring great arrangers and players: Charles Fox, Charlie Palmieri, Bobby Valentin, Paquito Pastor, Ray Santos, Nick Jimenez, and Hector Rivera.


"Ya Llego La Pachanga" by Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana
Classic recordings from the 1960s. Featuring arrangements by Charlie Palmieri, Hector Rivera, Luis "Perico" Ortiz, Bobby Valentin, and others. Digitally remastered from the original analog tapes.


"La Pachanga Se Baila Así" by Joe Quijano y Su Conjunto Cachana
The lyrics to "La Pachanga Se Baila Así", cowritten by Quijano and Charlie Palmieri, were intended to end the confusion dancers made between the terms "pachanga" and "charanga": pachanga is the dance and charanga is the band.


"En Guantanamo (Pachanga)" by Joe Quijano and His Orchestra
In 1960, Quijano managed to secure a contract with Columbia Records. He made three albums on the label between 1961 and 1963, including Everything Latin - Yeah, Yeah in 1963.


"Efectivamente" by Joe Quijano, Conjunto Cachana
Quijano also had the distinction of being the first artist to record a composition by the great Puerto Rican composer "Tite" Curet Alonso. The song was titled "Efectivamente" and was re-recorded by Quijano for Cositas Sueltas in 1980.


"Mis Recuerdos de Barranquilla" by The Cesta All-Stars (feat. Joe Quijano and Charlie Palmieri)
Classic descargas (jam sessions) from an all-star lineup of musicians. Digitally remastered from the original analog tapes. In 1957, Quijano founded his own Cesta Records label, named after the basket used in the game of jai alai. Two notable releases on the label were the Cesta All-Stars descarga workouts Live Jam Session and Salsa Festival, both directed by Charlie Palmieri and featuring Cheo Feliciano, Kako, Louie Ramírez, Willie Rosario, Orlando Marín, and others.


Listen to the full playlist.


About the Curator

Marysol Cerdeira, also known as DJ Mar y Sol, is the host of the biweekly show Montuneando con Marysol on WBAI (99.5FM) in New York City, and co-host of Que Viva La Música with Vicki Solá and José Calderón, airing weekly on WFDU (89.1FM). Live streams are available on www.wbai.org/listen.php, www.wfdu.fm, and www.mundosalsaradio.com.