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JCR Percussion

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Source for specialty percussion instruments for Latin music

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Borough : Bronx
Neighborhood : High Bridge
Commercial, Great Places to Shop, Folklife, Latin/ Latino/ American, Shopping

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JCR Percussion, owned by Calixto Rivera, is where many Latin musicians buy the percussion instruments which form the rhythmic backbone of Latin music.

There is no other establishment like JCR Percussion in New York City. In a small unassuming workshop not far from Yankee Stadium, Caly, as he is known to his customers, makes his instruments by hand -- cowbells, congas, bongos, timbales, among other instruments.

These instruments are the foundation of Afro-Cuban (salsa) music, and before Caly started his business almost 35 years ago, Latin musicians were in a quandary about where to get something like a good cowbell. The varied sounds of cowbells provide the forward propulsion that a band rides on in the montuno (solo) section of a salsa tune. Many players would have to scrounge bells from junkmen or travel to farms in Connecticut to buy them from farmers who used them on -- yes --...

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Interview with Calixto Rivera by Elena Martinez for Place Matters, 2006.

On The Web

JCR Percussion Online


Bobby Sanabria

Calixto Rivera's shop is where working musicians playing a variety Latin styles find their specialized instruments. There is no other place like it. (2006)

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