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“13 Years of Tools of War Park Jams in The Bronx”

Bronx Music Heritage Center Archival Materials 5”x7” & 8.5”x11” Images Curators Joe Conzo Jr. Francisco Molina Reyes II


About the Exhibit "13 Years of Tools of War Park Jams in The Bronx" is an exhibition originally conceived by world-class Hip Hop Photographer Joe Conzo Jr. The project was intended to be a homage to the efforts by the Tools of War grass roots Hip Hop movement, now in its 14th year, and their mission to preserve The Bronx park jam tradition. After gaining the interest and financial commitment of Elena Martínez at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, Conzo decided to bring in fellow Seis Del Sur collective member Francisco Molina Reyes II who was also an official photographer for the True School NYC Summer Park Jam Series. Together, they pulled out over 200 digital images from their archives that best invoked, from their perspective, The Bronx Hip Hop park jam experience. Each photograph mirrors a certain aspect of the tradition, including: the DJ as artist and center; audience call/response and attire; Bboy/Bgirl dance culture; and affirmation of having Hip Hop's living legends and pioneers in the mix. Included in this portfolio are archival promotional flyers provided by the series’ founders, and all the 5”x7” & 8.5”x11” prints by the featured photographers that comprise the substance of this exhibition.


Promotional Flyers


A Brief History About Tools of War Park Jams in The Bronx

In 2003, members of the non-profit organization Friends of Crotona Park were interested in featuring live performances each night before their Hip Hop Film Festival. A mutual friend, Lord Finesse, introduced Tools of War grassroots Hip Hop (Jorge FABEL Pabon and Christie Z-Pabon) to the Friends of Crotona Park representatives Rosemary Ordonez-Jenkins and Meiling Delgado. Along with former Crotona Park Administrator Samantha Stone, former Bronx Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, and DJ Mike Smooth, they all worked together to establish the Crotona Park Jams in this legendary park. The first jams, in 2003, included legendary MCs, dancers, beatboxers and DJs. Eventually, the Crotona Park Jams became known for featuring only Hip Hop pioneers and legends as DJs -- recreating the classic park jams from the 70s and early 80s. Thus, the slogan, "It's All About the DJs," was born. The Crotona Park Jams, as they came to be known, have continued annually, every Thursday in the month of July, for the past 13 years. Dedicated photographers sharing their photos from each jam via internet and social media have helped spread the news about the park jams across the world. As a result, Hip Hop heads from every nation began traveling to The Bronx to get a taste of how park jams might have been back in the early days of the culture. Often, many of these travelers get to the park, breakdown and cry because they never thought they would ever experience the park jams in their lifetime. The Bronx, Hip Hop's birthplace, is still where you can find the magic and spirit of grass roots Hip Hop culture duly celebrated. And at the Crotona Park Jams as well as other Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jams in The Bronx, Harlem and Spanish Harlem, you can still see pioneers and legends right there in the audience, jamming with you! - provided by Christie Z Tools of War grassroots Hip Hop, Co-founder


Flyer designs from 2006-2015 by HAKS180. Photos by Joe Conzo, Henry Chalfant and various others.


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5”x7” Prints


Joe Conzo


Francisco Molina Reyes II


About The Photographers & Curators Joe Conzo Jr. is a world-class photographer who was referred to as "the man who took Hip Hop's baby pictures" in an article published by the New York Times. Some of his earliest images are the substance of a book titled BORN IN THE BRONX: A Visual Record Of The Early Days Of Hip Hop (2007) -- a collaborative effort with noted New York musicologist and curator Johan Kügelberg. In 2008, a collection of his early Hip Hop photographs became part of a permanent archive housed at the Cornell University Library. The images are located right next to the prestigious institution's copy of The Gettysburg Address document. He is the senior official photographer for the Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jam Series. Since 2004, he has donated his camera skills and his personal resources to the series and its founders out of his love for the culture and his respect for its intent. He currently lives in The Bronx. Francisco Molina Reyes II is a Nuyorican visual artist and founder of MAMBÓSO NUYOTÓPIA Archives. For the past 11 years, he has operated the website MAMBÓSO.NET which is dedicated to documenting the Nuyorican urban experience through art, culture and music. Many of his photos have been used in publications throughout the world, including multi-lingual educational textbooks. He was an official photographer for the Tools of War True School NYC Summer Park Jam Series, from 2008 to 2016 — donating his camera skills towards the promotion of the series out of respect for the music, the artists, and the public who support its intent. He currently lives in The Bronx.

JOE CONZO WEBSITE FRANCISCO MOLINA REYES II WEBSITE


ALL RIGHTS RESERVED COPYRIGHT ©2016


MAMBÓSO NUYOTÓPIA ARCHIVES PUBLICATION, BRONX, NY

"13 Years of Tools of War in The Bronx" (Vol. 2)  

This portfolio contains the 5"x7" & 8.5"x11" images, and archival materials appearing in the exhibition.

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