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September is Hispanic Heritage month. We are so thrilled that Jesse is with us. .
In 1982, Jesse Bermudez, and others, united to protest poor working conditions for Latino musicians in the North Philadelphia club scene. The musicians went on strike and succeeded in raising their nightly pay. Riding the wave of that success, Jesse and the other founders created La Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos, to represent and advocate for Latin musicians and music in Philadelphia.
La Asociación first offered music classes in 1984, and the music school was formally founded in 1986. Record numbers of students were served, and topnotch special events were created and hosted. In the 1990s through 2004, they continued to significantly raise the profile of Latin music and musicians in Philadelphia..
Mr. Bermudez continues to serve the Philadelphia Latino community as the co-presenter of Salsa Caliente. Since Fall 2010, Salsa Caliente goers have enjoyed non-stop flight service from the fringes of Old City to the heart of Old San Juan alongside the hottest large music ensembles from the region.
Mr Bermudez is a Grammy-nominated producer/radio personality, arts education champion, and music curator. He is known for his instrumental role in Papo Vasquez’s 2008 Album, “Marooned/Aislado“, which garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.
His also was the main personality on the Saturday brunch-time show, ‘Sonido Diferente’ on Mega 1310 AM, which showcased regional Latino talent, as well as highlighted the multi-layered soul of the Latin music genre, with urban, soul, & jazz-inflected selections, that aren’t heard in mainstream Latin radio.
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