Videos courtesy of History Making Productions, Al Día and Gil González and The Philadelphia Jazz Project
Jesse Bermudez was a music legend in Philadelphia’s Latino community. He spent over 40 years of his life nurturing and uplifting the vast but often overlooked talent in Philly’s Latin music scene. He was the founder of the Asociación de Músicos Latino Americanos (AMLA), where he mobilized 125 Latino musicians to change the image of Latino culture and fight for better opportunities and working conditions.
AMLA formed a music school that developed hundreds of top notch musicians. Jesse’s vision was of a community filled with music, culture, and love. He believed in the power of music to create change, and he proved, through his impact, that he was right. That impact was recognized by City Council in 2015 when they declared July 8th “Jesse Bermudez Day” in Philadelphia. Jesse is a beloved, unforgettable, and central figure in the lives of thousands of people.