José Massó has been hosting “¡Con Salsa!’’ on WBUR-FM (90.9) for 36 years and was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame last year. Tomorrow night the dashing DJ and purveyor of fine Latin jazz will be the honoree at the 34th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert. It’s a fitting year for the show to honor him as the John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble revisits “Ashé,’’ in which the all-star group explores “21st century Afro-Caribbean stylistic approaches to Coltrane’s compositions.’’ “Ashé,’’ explains Massó, “is Yoruba for divine power, blessing energy.’’ We chatted up the affable drummer, broadcaster, and snazzy dresser earlier this week about five ways the legendary jazz saxophonist made an impact on his life.
1. With amazing albums: Starting, of course, with the classic “A Love Supreme.’’
2. Both as inspiration for music he plays on his show and part of its success: “The reason why I’m still on the air after 36 years, for the most part, is that the quality of the music I play is timeless, like Coltrane.’’
3. The inspiration it’s provided to other musicians . . .
4. . . . including three of his favorite Latin-tinged Coltrane recordings: “Latin Side of John Coltrane’’ and “Que Viva Coltrane’’ from trombonist Conrad Herwig and “Naima’’ from “Paraiso’’ by the Caribbean Jazz Project.
5. The honor being bestowed upon him tomorrow: The first time JCMC performed “Ashé’’ was in 1993 and Massó cohosted the show. “And here we are [all these] years later,’’ he says with a laugh. “It’s very special for me.’’The 34th annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert honoring José Massó and hosted by Eric Jackson featuring the John Coltrane Memorial Ensemble, at Northeastern University, Blackman Theatre, Ell Hall, 360 Huntington Ave. Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. 617-373-4700, tickets.neu.edu.