Upcoming Events at the Bronx Music Heritage Center



James Lovell & the Garifuna Drummers

Thursday, January 10, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.

Join singer and drummer James Lovell, a well-known proponent of Garífuna music, to share some of the rich music and dance of his own Garífuna culture. Originally an Afro-Caribbean culture, Garífuna were forced from St. Vincent’s in the 1700s to settle along the coast of Central America.


Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy and Q&A with Mario Grillo and Bobby Sanabria

Friday, January 11, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.

This film was released in 1987 and was made by Bronx photographer and filmmaker Carlos Ortíz. It is the story of the bandleader Machito, whose group, Machito’s Afro-Cubans were the originators of the music we call Latin jazz and mambo, at the Park Plaza ballroom in East Harlem prior to World War II. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Machito’s son, bandleader Mario Grillo and Bobby Sanabria.


Sonia Manzano reads from her new book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.

Raised in the South Bronx, Sonia was cast as “Maria” on Sesame Street in the 1970s. After ten years as an actress, Sonia began writing scripts for the series and has fifteen Emmy Awards as part of the Sesame Street writing staff. Set in 1969, Manzano’s first novel is about a young protagonist struggling with her identity in Spanish Harlem and is infused with actual news accounts from the time period about the Young Lords and other events.

CLOSING weekend


Grace Drums

Thursday, January 17, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy an uplifting night of music with Grace Drums, a performance ensemble of mature, spirited women with the mission to “make joy contagious across all races, ethnicities, religions” and to unify audiences cross-culturally through ecstatic expression. Using time-honored traditional West African percussion instruments (djembe djundjun), music and vocals from African and Caribbean cultures as a foundation, Grace Drums blends in influences from R&B, Jazz, Funk, Afro-Caribbean dance music and vocal improvisation to create original arrangements.


Style Wars and Q&A with Producer Henry Chalfant & guest

Friday, January 18, 2013 – 8:00 p.m.

Come for a screening of the Sundance Grand-Jury-Prize Winner (Documentary) “Style Wars.” The legendary 1983 documentary on hip hop culture shows young artists struggling to express themselves through their art, and their points of view on the subjects of graffiti, New York City and life.

“’Style Wars’ is a work of art in its own right too, because it doesn’t just record what these artists are doing, it somehow absorbs their spirit and manages to communicate it across the decades so that we can find ourselves, so many years later; in the city; understanding what made it beautiful” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times


Born in the Bronx with photographer Joe Conzo Jr.

Saturday, January 19, 2013 – 7:30 p.m.

Pioneering hip-hop photographer Joe Conzo–the man The New York Times calls “the chronicler who took hip hop’s baby pictures” discusses and displays images from his book Born in the Bronx, which presents a unique introduction to an explosive and experimental period in music history. “’Born in the Bronx’ takes it back to 1977, when NYC shutterbug Joe Conzo began snapping urgent, candid pictures of local shows, where a revolutionary new sound could be heard.” –Entertainment Weekly


BMHC programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. BMHC programming is also made possible with support from The New York Community Trust, The Kresge Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.

About the Bronx Music Heritage Center

The BMHC is committed to preserving and promoting Bronx music, cultivating Bronx artists, spurring neighborhood revival, and providing free cultural programs for the community. Currently, BMHC programming takes place in the BMHC Lab, a 1,400 sq. ft. storefront incubator in the Crotona East neighborhood, and at venues throughout the Bronx. In 2013, WHEDco (see below), in partnership with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the New York City Housing Development Corporation, and Blue Sea Development Company, will break ground on Bronx Commons, a 361,000 sq. ft. development in the Melrose neighborhood that will house the permanent BMHC performance space and archives, along with 290+ affordable green apartments, live/work space for elder musicians, an arts-based school in partnership with Bard College, a rooftop garden, and recreational space. For more information about the BMHC, please contact info@bronxmusic.org or visit bronxmusic.org.

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