In 2010 the @nytimes reported that this building is the undisputed birthplace of hip hop, but those who know hip hop have accepted this fact decades ago...
Find out why on our “Birthplace of Hip Hop” tour to see how this 102 unit building in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx inspired so many young artists
One of my heroes is a gentleman who today, and has been for a very long time now, is the dean of arrangements and compositions for the traditional style of the Afro Cuban Jazz Big Band genre. Mr. Ray Santos' work can be discovered via a simple Google search. His "prints" are all over the catalog of Afro Cuban Jazz throughout the 2nd half of the 20th century. As someone who is passionate of going back to the very beginning of any phenomenon, I was tickled pink to discover this piece of NYC History. It is as valid as any other as far as I am concerned and those of you who are familiar with this great man will raise a glass to it as well. This is Ray Santos' very first 'gig' as a bandleader. Although Ray himself does not consider himself to be a "Professional" musician at the juncture this event took place, it's part of his musical career that precedes his recruitment into the legendary Noro Morales Orchestra. This event took place in 1951. As Ray described it, in those days, dance promoters were popping up everywhere in response to the emergence of the so-called "Mambo." Jewish Americans, in particular, were active in this regard. One such fellow approached Ray at the Palladium ballroom and told him he would be launching a weekly event at a new spot on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. He offered Ray the opportunity to put together an ensemble for the evening and provide the live music. Ray accepted and the "Ray Santos All Stars" debuted on Thanksgiving weekend of 1951. Ray has been an "All-Star" since day 1 and has been going strong ever since. This is Bronx History and a small tribute to a humble giant. #salsahistory#afrocubanjazzhistory#nychistory#bronxhistory#raysantos#mambo#jazz#rhumba#mamboniks