Private: Urban Classroom


From Mambo to Hip Hop: A Musical Bronx Immersion

Join the musical magistrates of the Bronx – Elena Martínez and Bobby Sanabria – for a rich overview of the Bronx and its cultural and musical scene from the early 20th century until today. The class includes walking tours of the old theaters, a trip to casita Rincón Criollo which has become the epicenter of Puerto Rican traditional music, and other excursions, as well as a performance/demonstration of the clave by Grammy-nominated bandleader Bobby Sanabria.

Six sessions on Wednesdays: October 5th, 12h, 19th, 26th, and November 2nd and 9th

5:30 – 7:30 pm


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The Sounds of the City

New York City has generated a major chunk of American popular music.  We’ll explore: They All Sang on the Corner: How the vocal group harmony music that became known as “doo-wop”- with examples from black, white, and integrated groups and from all five boroughs – in its innocence and its quest for harmony, so beautifully conveyed the poetry of inner-city life.  The Long Rhythm Road:  From Ragtime to Rock (‘n Roll):  “The Blues had a baby, and they called it rock ‘n’ roll.”  The American musical journey from ragtime to jazzed-up popular song, “rhythm and blues,” and rock ‘n’ roll shows that, for the American musical and dancing public, “rhythm saved the world” (as in a Louis Armstrong song).  Plus:  What was the first rock ‘n’ roll record?  Bridges of Song:  The mutual inspiration and cross-fertilization between African-American and American-Jewish music in New York City – especially in Harlem — transformed American popular music and created much of the soundtrack of the 20th century.  We’ll listen in on the ongoing musical conversation between Blacks and Jews. Lectures and discussions led by musicologist Robert Cohen,who has taught New York City songs at the New School, where he worked with Richie Havens, Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Liz Swados, and many other artists and musicians.

Three sessions on Tuesdays: November 29th, and December 6th and 13th



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Taller de Son Jarocho – Son Jarocho Music Workshop

El Son Jarocho es una tradición musical con siglos de historia que proviene del sur de Veracruz, México, y que combina aspectos de la música Española, Africana, e indígena.  En el taller nos enfocamos en algunos elementos fundamentales, incluyendo el canto, el zapateado, y la jarana (un descendiente rústico de la guitarra barroca), los cuales contribuyen a la formación de un fandango, una forma de congregación musical comunitario que es el núcleo de la cultura del Son Jarocho.  Las clases se imparten principalmente en Español, con cierta acomodación bilingüe.

Son Jarocho is a centuries-old musical tradition from southern Veracruz, Mexico, which blends elements of Spanish, Indigenous, and African music.  In the workshop we focus on certain fundamentals, including singing, zapateado(percussive “shoe” dancing), and playing the jarana (a rustic descendant of the Baroque guitar), all of which contribute to making a fandango, a form of community-based musical gathering that is the centerpiece of Son Jarocho culture.  Classes are conducted primarily in Spanish, with some bi-lingual accommodation.

Todoe Lunes  |  Every Monday  |  7:00pm – 9:00pm
$10 (donativo sugerido  |  suggested donation at the door)
Las clases están sujetas a la cancelación.  Por favor chequen cada semana para confirmar el horario.
Son Jarocho classes are subject to cancellation.  Please check City Lore’s calendar each week to confirm scheduling.

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