FANIA ALL STARS
Larry Harlow, Hector Casanova, Ismael Quintana, Ruben Blades, Bobby Cruz, Domingo Quiñones and Adalberto Santiago

The Fania All Stars performed recently at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Johnny Pacheco and Jerry Masucci founded Fania Records in 1964 in order to cultivate a salsa sound that combined New York, African, and Latin Caribbean influences. Some of the musicians signed to the label over the years have included Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Larry Harlow, Willie Colon, Barry Rogers, Jimmy Sabater, Eddie Palmieri, and Mongo Santamaria, to name only a few.The Fania All Stars have been performing for over three decades, and have contributed a great deal to salsa music.

The country's most popular Puerto Rican bands provided five hours of magnificent music during the evening. The concert opened with El Gran Combo, and Felipe Luciano and Al Sharpton provided brief political speeches. Contributing musicians were: Johnny Pacheco, Larry Harlow, Hector Casanova, Ismael Quintana, Ruben Blades, Bobby Cruz, Domingo Quiñones, Adalberto Santiago, Nicky Marrero, Eddie Montalvo, Papo Luca, Bobby Valentin, Cheo Feliciano and Junior Gonzalez.

Check out photos from the rehearsal which took place at Carroll Musical Instrument Service Corp on 41st Street and 9th Ave, NY, as well as photos from the concert at Madison Square Garden, NYC.