Music Advisory Committee

The Bronx Music Heritage Center relies on the expertise of its Music Advisory Committee, which includes Grammy winners, music historians, artists and community members.


José Francisco Avila, Director, Garifuna Coalition Inc.

Will Calhoun, Grammy-winning bandleader and drummer

Dr. Valerie Capers, Bronx-born jazz pianist and educator

Joe Conzo, Jr., Award-winning photographer

Grandmaster Caz, Hip Hop MC, co-founder of the Cold Crush Brothers

Rae De Vine, Artist, Educator, Facilitator

Erika Elliot, Program Director, Summerstage

Bharati Kemraj, Dancer and founder of the Bharati Dance Academy

Francesca Lamantia, Musician

Christine Licata, Arts Consultant

Alan Merrill, Rock & Roll musician

Fernando Michael, Fox & King Inc.

Dr. Mark Naison, History professor, Fordham University; Founder of the Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP)

Jimmy Owens, Bronx-born Jazz trumpeter and music educator; NEA Jazz Master

Angel R. Rodriguez, Sr., Percussionist and founder of Bronx Living Legend series

Rodstarz, Hip Hop artist, Rebel Diaz Arts Collective

Felix Sarpong, CEO of Victory Entertainment International

Desseree Soto, Director, Casita Rincon Criollo

Salieu Suso, Kora musician