New Swing Sextet

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A product of New York City and the excitement and turbulence of the 60s, the New Swing Sextet (NSS) made it’s professional debut at the New York World’s Fair in 1965. The band was to become very popular in the United States and Latin America, including the Caribbean, as exponents of an innovative new sound that emerged in the mid-60s known as Latin Boogaloo.

Though the New Swing currently has 7 members, when the group first got together it was composed of 6 members (popularly called a Sextet). During that era (1960s), so many young musicians growing up in New York were exposed and influenced by rock-and-roll, pop, and soul music (in addition to Latin music) which, in our opinion, helped give birth to the latin boogaloo (which was in term related to the cha-cha-cha and guajira rhythms). During the boogaloo’s peak years of popularity, there was also a slight decline in the popularity of mambo and salsa.  But the young new bands of that era such as Willie Colon, Johnny Colon, the Lebron Brothers, Joe Bataan, Ricardo Ray and the Joey Pastrana Orchestra, as well as the New Swing Sextet, were responsible for creating a young fresh, joyful yet rebellious sound.

Though not as polished as the established latin bands of that era (Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Machito, Joe Cuba etc.) it was raw, and different. The New Swing Sextet also supported many social and charitable events of nascent character, such as The Young Lords Party (a legendary Newyorrican group in their own right) created by young, educated and brilliant neighborhood people committed to social justice and fighting for better housing and living standards for the people of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem) and the Bronx. A long and great artistic story on stages and concert halls all over the world is born.

In 2015, New Swing Sextet celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a worldwide audience ready for tours shows, dancing, and as usual, their unique style, sound and happiness.



The New York International Salsa Congress is New York City's largest and longest-running Latin dance and music event where the world comes to dance every Labor Day Weekend. This year is the 18th annual edition and will take place at the prestigious New York Marriott Marquis, in the heart of Times Square, footsteps from Broadway theaters, museums and other NYC attractions.  

Featuring live band concerts, performance showcases, instructional workshops, and non-stop social dancing all in the center of the world's greatest city, come see why the NYISC brings thousands of attendees from New York and over 40 countries worldwide for an annual celebration of Latin dance, music and culture.

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