SPANGLISH FLY is part band, part celebration: 11 musicians igniting a party that quickly spreads to the audience. They have been hailed as the premier band of the Latin boogaloo revival,"single-handedly reviving sixties bugalú in NYC"(NBC New York). Boogaloo! that mix of Latin and soul/R&B music that emerged from the clubs, the street corners, the transistor radios and the pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem, a/k/a "El Barrio"–an irresistible hybrid that blends Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the fervor, the feeling, and the harmonics of 60s-era soul. SPANGLISH FLY "roars through covers, originals, and transformations of previously untouched soul hits"(Village Voice), paying homage to the boogaloo genre while refreshing it for a new generation.
SPANGLISH FLY originated in 2009 when DJ Jonny Semi-Colon (Jonathan Goldman) started noticing that amid his sets of old-school funk and soul vinyl, what really shook the dance floor was Latin boogaloo, late-60s records by Joe Cuba, Joe Bataan, Mongo Santamaria, etc. He knew he had to form a band to play the music live in the place where it began. Soon, SPANGLISH FLY was dazzling audiences at NYC venues such as the Apollo, the Blue Note, BB King's, SOB’s, and Brooklyn Bowl, including opening for boogaloo legends Joe Bataan and Johnny Colón. The band has toured the US east coast, bringing the party to festivals such as Charlotte's Latin American Fest and Massachusett's Green River Festival, and to arts institutions such as the Kennedy Center. Recording for the labels Electric Cowbell and Chaco World Music, they have worked with legendary Fania producer Harvey Averne, and the crew at Brooklyn's Truth and Soul Records. Their 2015 release New York Boogaloo was hailed as "a seriously wonderful record, full of spectacular, raucous musicianship – a very high quality of musicianship" (World Music Report). Footage of their performance is featured in the 2015 boogaloo documentary We Like It Like That.
Spanglish Fly has comprised many musicians over the years, including: Jonathan Goldman, leader, trumpet / Mariella Gonzalez, vox / Rafael Gomez, bass / Machuco Estremera, percussion / Paloma Muñoz, vox/ Ronnie Roc, percussion / Arei Sekiguchi, timbales / Matt Thomas, tenor / Dylan Blanchard, percussion / Kenny Bruno, keys / Teddy Acosta, percussion / Vera Kemper, trombone/ John Speck, trombone / Manuel Orozco Garcia, bass / Jonathan Flothow, bari sax/ Charly Rodriguez, timbales / Sebastian Isler, trombone / Gabo Tomasini, percussion / Erica Ramos, vox / / Richie Robles, bass/ Mick Santurio, conga / David Frankel , percussion/vocals / Martin Wallace, piano / Zach Seman, piano,organ / Dimitri Moderbacher, bass / Maria Christina Eisen, sax / Rose Boogaloo, sax / Atsushi Tsumura, trumpet/ Hector Torres, percussion/