SPAHA SALSA GALLERY
Working Towards a Brighter Future
Behind the Scenes
Ex. Director Johnny Cruz is a native New Yorker, business owner and
musician. He studied Latin music percussion at Boys & Girls Harbor before starting his own band in the 1980s called Johnny Cruz y "Su Generación" playing locally around New York At the same time, Johnny also followed in his father’s footsteps buying his own brownstone in East Harlem where he ran the family business for more than thirty years.
Today, that brownstone houses the SpaHa Gallery and Tiffany Recording Studios where Johnny is the director of the music’s memorabilia, history and impact on American music and society.
Cruz has produced several musical recording celebrating some of the top
exponents of salsa with the 2006 release of “Johnny Cruz and the Dream Team: Back to the Classica” with a follow up production in 2012, Johnny Cruz pays Tribute to the Godfather of Salsa: Adalberto Santiago producing a concert at Lehman College featuring
many of the salsa singer exponents of the music that were also recorded on Cruz’s CDs.
In conjunction with his public access television program "Window of Latin America", Cruz puts the spotlight on the worldwide phenomenon of salsa music globally featuring interviews and live performances produced and hosted by Johnny Cruz.