Puerto Rican Pioneers in Jazz – 1900-1939 – Bomba Beats to Latin Jazz by Basilio Serrano

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Basilio Serrano is originally from Puerto Rico. Educated in New York, he holds a PhD in curriculum and instruction from New York University. He has been a faculty member at Brooklyn College and the State University of New York College at Old Westbury. He has published numerous articles in journals and trade magazines in the United States and Puerto Rico, with a focus on the Latin American immigrant experience in education and acculturation.

(Basilio Serrano es originario de Puerto Rico. Educado en Nueva York, tiene un doctorado en currículo e instrucción de la Universidad de Nueva York. Ha sido miembro de la facultad en Brooklyn College y en la Universidad Estatal de Nueva York en Old Westbury. Ha publicado numerosos artículos en revistas y revistas especializadas en los Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico, con un enfoque en la experiencia de los inmigrantes latinoamericanos en educación y aculturación.)

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I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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