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Larry Harlow (b. March 20, 1939, in Brooklyn, New York, as Lawrence Ira Kahn) is an American salsa music performer, composer and producer. Larry Harlow was born into a musical family of Jewish American descent.[1]

He is a son of the late Rose and Buddy Kahn. His mother was an opera singer with the stage name Rose Sherman in New York. His father was the bandleader at the Latin Quarter (nightclub) in New York under the name Buddy Harlowe. The young Harlow, is affectionately nicknamed el Judio Maravilloso (The Marvelous Jew). Harlow is a noted salsa bandleader and multi-instrumentalist, although he primarily plays piano. He produced over 260 albums for Fania Records. He is the director of the Latin Legends of Fania, among other groups.
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Larry Harlow excelled at an early age at various instruments. The music and culture of New York’s Latino community led him to Cuba where he began an intense study of Afro-Cuban music. Harlow, who is known for his innovative blend of Afro-Cuban and Jazz styles of piano playing, studied music in the 1950s in Cuba but was unable to complete his degree before the Cuban Revolution forced him to leave the island. Larry and his orchestra, Orquesta Harlow, was the second orchestra signed to the Fania Label, Harlow also produced over 106 CDs for various artists and over 50 CDs on his own besides the ones he produced for Fania. Among his most popular albums were Abran Paso and Tributo a Arsenio Rodriguez with Ismael Miranda as the lead singer. Larry’s opera Hommy, which is credited for getting Celia Cruz out of retirement, was the first Latin musical performance in Carnegie Hall.


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  • cueronama

    ** Larry Harlow “Judío Maravilloso” (Nacido el 20 Marzo de 1939 Bronk, New York nombre de pila Lawrence Ira Khan). Pianista, Arreglista, Productor y Director musical de “Orquesta Harlow” y “Fania All Stars”.

    20 Mar 2012 Reply
  • ISeeYouPan

    Electric Harlow for life

    1 Dec 2011 Reply
  • sheepareevil

    seriously? only 29k plays? wtf is wrong with this world.

    18 Aug 2010 Reply
  • glow7

    I agree with NYC_420

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • NYC_420

    This is what salsa should be all about, not most of that new crap, like this one going out with that one, or she went to the next guy crap, etc...

    29 Apr 2009 Reply
  • schopi36

    larry, larry, larry!

    20 Mar 2009 Reply
  • addythebiatch

    awesome, indeed. some of the best music i've ever heard--very sophisticated arrangements. but he's also a little old-school, so the people using this site may not be aware as they may be a little younger--i found out about him from my aunts and uncles who hit the latin clubs when he was in his heyday

    28 Oct 2008 Reply
  • PsychoBells

    no shouts? electric harlow is seriously awesome

    16 Oct 2008 Reply

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