A self-taught Latin percussionist since the age of 12 when his father handed him Cal Tjader’s 1960 Latino album featuring Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo back in 1966, and an LP fiberglass conga and told him, “Here, learn to play right with these”, he’s been living and breathing Latin Jazz since. A computer network engineer during the day, Jim keeps busy as part of a team overseeing the health and security of the computer network of a major Massachusetts retail corporation. Jim is also a US Army Vietnam Era veteran and served as an Air Traffic Controller where he admits, “That was my first real foray out in radio broadcasting directing all those aircraft”. Although the real commercial radio experience began at Worcester’s Gois Broadcasting Inc.’s WORC 1310AM in 2006 co-starring with Edwin Cancel, the first Latin Jazz show in Worcester called “Ran Kan Kan”, named after a famous Tito Puente tune. The show lasted about six or so months when Edwin resigned and Jim took over the show and renamed it “Latin Jazz Sundays”. Jim also hosted a Salsa show at the same station on Saturdays called “Salsa Dura Sabados”, that’s, “Hard Salsa Saturdays”, and again on Sundays co-starring with Alex Vega on “Salsa Na’ Ma”. Both shows became major hits in Worcester’s Latin community raising WORC to a 2.5 rating in the Arbitron radio charts and keeping it up there  for two years. Although short-lived, but well remembered by his listeners, an opportunity opened up in Hartford Connecticut for Jim again with the Gois Broadcasting group of stations at WNEZ 1230AM and a fusion of the two shows became and all Spanish language show called “Jazz Latino Ahora”, that’s, “Latin Jazz Now”. Through all this Jim developed a following reaching New York, Florida, California, Hawaii, Canada, Sweden, Milan Italy, and Australia, thanks to the show being streamed across the internet. “I am honored to be surrounded by the finest and most supportive group of radio professionals in the world, helping me bring the finest Latin Jazz artists and their work to the whole world. Latin Jazz has a home on radio and here in New England”, and it’s called LATIN JAZZ NOW – JAZZ LATINO AHORA!”.

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