The Bronx Music

According to the Music Heritage Center  #BMHC which presents "Bronx Music" these are musical genres significant to The Bronx.

They list the following hip hop, salsa though salsa wasn't born in the BX it has become synonymous with it and urban bachata think Romeo Santos.

Musical genres that have a large presence in our borough--the traditional forms of music from Puerto Rico including, bomba, jibaro, and plena; the traditional rhythms of the Garifuna (the largest Garifuna community outside of Central America makes their home in the Bronx.

Tomorrow's percussion discussion workshop will be moderated by none other than my Tocayo Bobby Sanabria: West Side Story Reimagined…

Also, the music of Ghana and the Gambia--the Ghanaian community in The Bronx is one of the largest in the diaspora and the Gambian community is growing; as well the musical forms from communities with long roots here such as Jewish and Irish to new communities making their home here such as Bengali, Ecuadorian Kichwa and Yemeni. 

Jazz has a history in the Bronx, in fact, there are 6 NEA Jazz Masters who grew up or made their home here: Jimmy Owens, Ray Barretto, Eddie Palmieri, Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, and Lou Donaldson. Being named an NEA Jazz Master is receiving a lifetime achievement award. The highest honor in the land for jazz artists. The recipient must be alive and, preferably, currently working. There have been those who have been recognized but are essentially inactive. However, like everyone, the NEA prefers to get its name out there and have its awardees recognized as such.…

Last year, the National Endowment for the Arts presented a virtual tribute concert celebrating the 2021 NEA Jazz Masters: Terri Lyne Carrington, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Henry Threadgill, and Phil Schaap (2021 A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy). 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dee Dee Bridgewater and actor Delroy Lindo co-hosted the event. With music director Miguel Zenón, the concert included performances by NEA Jazz Masters Wynton and Jason Marsalis (2011) and Dianne Reeves (2018), as well as Obed Calvaire, Avishai Cohen, Roman Filiu, Vince Giordano, Christopher Hoffman, Joe Lovano, Pedrito Martinez, Dan Nimmer, Linda May Han Oh, Danilo Pérez, David Virelles, Lizz Wright, and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. The event included video testimonials from NEA Jazz Masters Herbie Hancock (2004), Charles Lloyd (2015), and Wayne Shorter (1998), as well as Jon Faddis, Michelle Kinney, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, and James Mtume. For more on the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships go to:

The Bronx also has left its mark on rock and roll with Will Calhoun (Living Color), Ace Frehley (Kiss) Laura Nyro, and Charlie Benante (Anthrax) among others.

Learn more about The BMHC as it presents this music as well as music by musicians from The Bronx and programs with themes related to the Bronx and its culture and history.  So our programming pretty much encompasses a wide spectrum.