David M. Carp Papers on Latin Jazz

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David M. Carp Papers on Latin Jazz


The archival collection comprises information gathered by David M. Carp concerning the Latin and jazz music scenes in The Bronx, particularly between the 1940s and 1960s. The main feature of the collection is audiotapes of interviews with hundreds of musicians, many with accompanying transcriptions. Many of these interviews were done for radio shows in the 1990s, wherein the musicians discussed their music and related matters. The collection also contains a wealth of research material gathered by Carp to document specific musicians and venues in The Bronx and elsewhere. Much of research consists of photocopies of newspapers and other printed material from the middle of the twentieth century, in both English and Spanish.


Carp, David M.






Mixed-media archival collection

Collection Items

Subject file for Charles Abreu, Cuban composer and pianist.

Subject file for Miguel Aceves Mejía, Mexican actor, composer, and singer.

Subject file for Leonardo Acosta, Cuban musician, ethnomusicologist, literary critic, journalist, and narrator.

Subject file for Alex Acuna, one of the world’s most versatile drummers/percussionists.

Subject file for Ewart Abner, American record company executive, president of Motown Records, and manager for Stevie Wonder.

Subject file for Sergio Acebal, Afro-cuban vocalist, comedian, and actor.

Subject file for Miguel Ángel Acevedo, known typically as Mike Acevedo, Puerto Rican singer and composer.

Subject file for Plácido Acevedo, Puerto Rican flutist, trumpet player, and composer.

Subject file for Los Hermanos Castro, a male singing quartet originating in Mexico City, Mexico in the mid-1950s.

Subject file for Marga Chesa, known as "Dynamic Marga" in Europe, a Puerto Rican band leader.

Subject file for Edmund Chester, previous senior Vice President and executive at the CBS radio and television networks during the 1940s.

Subject file on Latino communities in Chicago, detailing their rapid growth as well as the spread of Latino culture starting in the late nineteenth century.

Subject file for El Chico, a gay nightclub first opened in 1929 in Greenwich Village in New York City.

Subject file for The China Doll, advertised as "New York’s only all-oriental [sic] night club," opened in 1946 by white stage producer Tom Ball.

Subject file for "El Chino Mingo" (born Domingo R. Padrón), a bandleader of the house band at the Bachelor Club on 54th Street and promoter of "la bamba" dancing.

Subject file for Chovevo, otherwise known as Carlos Martínez, a Puerto Rican singer in the 1930s–1940s.

Subject file for Cine Variedades, the first all-Puerto Rican cinema.

Subject file for City Lore, which sponsored "Place Matters," a program meant to highlight places integral to neighborhood histories. The file also contains an informational brochure on E.S.T.A. (Elders Share the Arts), an internationally recognized…

Subject file for Gerald Clark, also spelled Gerald Clarke, calypso musician and bandleader of Gerald Clark and his Caribbean Serenaders.

Subject file for trombonist and bass player Henry "Hy" (or "Hi") Clark.
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