Fiesta Musical (Latin/Jazz)

Tuesdays, 8 p.m. -11:30 p.m.

Fiesta Musical, featuring the syncopated sounds of Latin jazz and salsa, airs Tuesdays from 8 to 11:30 p.m. The program was founded in 1997 by Jorge Austrich and the late Jose Ruiz, and is the longest running Latin jazz program in Maryland. Fiesta Musical plays music spanning several decades--from over 50 years old to new releases. The show and its hosts, Guillermo Brown and Gary Elter, play a major role in the Baltimore salsa community, helping to keep the music alive. They take phone requests, educate listeners on the history of the artists and music with its Afro-Caribbean roots and jazz traditions in the U.S., and conduct on-air interviews with prominent Latin jazz and salsa artists. 

It’s Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras! But in Latin America — it’s Carnaval! You probably have seen or heard some of the styles from Brasil, whose Carnaval in Rio is world famous. However, tonight, in a special student produced segment, we travel throughout Latin America and get to know the music and the traditions surrounding Carnaval. 

José Ruíz
Jose Ruiz Community Center

This Tuesday at 8 pm, tune into Fiesta Musical as host Guillermo Brown and co-host Gary Elter celebrate 10 years on the air.

Today, nine-time Grammy award-winner Eddie Palmieri turns 79. Born in the South Bronx in a Puerto Rican family, Palmieri is considered one of the greatest pianists of the last fifty years. Palmieri was the founder of the bands La Perfecta and La Perfecta II. 

Jimmy Bosch.
Joe Manich / / Flickr

On Tuesday, August 18, Guillermo Brown will celebrate nine years on the air with Fiesta Musical. The show will feature the music of Jimmy Bosch and Gilberto Santa Rosa, as well as a few Venezuelan salsa artists.