Juneteenth Jazz & JAZZ-A-F!RE at Historic Daisy on Beale Street
Jazz and Memphis' legacy of world-renowned African-American jazz artists will be celebrated Friday, June 21, 2013 at 7:00 pm at the Historic Daisy Theater on Beale Street. The national Juneteenth Jazz founder, Dr. Ronald Myers will join local Juneteenth Heritage Festival founder Glynn Johns Reed in collaborating with the Memphis Black Arts Alliance's Jazz-A-F!RE to debut a new Memphis tradition.
This event will honor the African-American jazz legacy of internationally acclaimed Memphis musicians Saxophonists Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, and Frank Strozier, pianists Phineas Newborn and Harold Mabern and the legendary Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra. The event will also recognize the 20th Anniversary of the Juneteenth Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Following the Lunceford tradition of professional musician-educators, teachers at MBAA's FireHouse Community Arts Academy and friends form the Jazz-AF!RE Ensemble. This ensemble which began performing monthly at the FireHouse in 2009 will headline the evening's entertainment. Performers include: Naomi Moody on vocals; Nokie Taylor, trumpet; Kent Suggs, bass; Stephen Lee, keyboard; James Sexton, percussion; and, Lance Thompson, vocals/guitar. FireHouse Jazz-A-F!RE BYOI (Bring Your Own Instrument) favorites singers and musicians will also perform. Dr. Myers, a physician and an acclaimed musician (piano and trumpet) is the national Juneteenth artist and will be featured.
Bennie Nelson West, Executive Director of the Memphis Black Arts Alliance's says " this collaboration between National Juneteenth Jazz and our organization is meant to recognize the historic contributions African-American jazz artists have made to this city, the nation and the world. The late Memphis jazz artist Fred Ford used to lament the lack of recognition Memphis' jazz heritage has received. I believe he and others who've gone on are smiling at the growth of jazz in Memphis in recent years, especially among the young. Our challenge is to ensure that the youth learn the rudiments of music and jazz and that's what we do at the FireHouse Community Arts Academy. So this event is not only a celebration that jazz is alive in the city it is also a fundraiser to help support the music education program at the Academy."
MBAA is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization. Sponsorships, memberships and donations may be made by contacting Bennie Nelson West at 901-948-9522, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.memphisblackartsalliance.org. Ticket prices are $50 for the VIP reception, $35 general admission and $25 for MBAA members. Tickets may also be purchased online at brown paper tickets.
Historic Daisy (View)
329 Beale Street
Memphis, TN 38103
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|