VIRGINIA JAZZ: The Early Years

Jazz Preservation Initiative

VIRGINIA JAZZ: THE EARLY YEARS
September 19, 2017 – April 30, 2018
The Valentine Museum – 1015 East Clay Street – Richmond VA

Roy Johnson’s Happy Pals Orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom in New York – 1929. (L to R): Harold “Pops” Griffin (clarinet/sax), Emmitt “Lic” Johnson (clarinet/sax), Nathaniel “Buster” McPherson (clarinet/sax), Roy F. Johnson (drums, leader), Edward “Pickles” Humes (trumpet), Leroy “Fess” Wyche (piano), Percy Trent (trumpet), Fleming “Beans” Edwards (trombone), William “Mama” Allen (bass, tuba), Edward “Skinny” Trent (banjo)

Richmond Jazz Society, Incorporated has created a multi-media exhibition that showcases Virginians who have made a significant contribution to the development of Jazz as an American art form – from the early rhythms of the music’s birth at the turn of the 20th century to the multifaceted vibrations leading to the music’s modern sound.

RJS’ Jazz Preservation Initiative continually seeks to document Virginia’s Jazz history with the objective of bringing to the forefront the achievements of those individuals who have made a significant impact on Jazz throughout history.

OPENING DAY ACTIVITIES
Join us at The Valentine on Tuesday, September 19th, 10am until 5pm, for our opening day celebration. There will be live Jazz, refreshments and it is free to the public.

GUEST CELEBRITIES

September 12, 2017, 7pm            Dr. Larry Ridley, Guest Speaker at RJS Guest Educators Concert Series’ Tribute To Thelonious Monk featuring Charles Owens Quartet at Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall, 623 East Main St. Advance Tickets available via www.vajazz.org

October 15, 2017, 3-5pm               Mercedes Ellington – discussion and book signing, Duke Ellington, An American Composer and Icon at The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street

November 7, 2017, 7pm                An Evening with Cecelia Calloway at Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall, 623 East Main Street, Advance Tickets available via www.vajazz.org

November 19, 2017, 3-5pm         Dr. John Edward Hasse – discussion and slide presentation, “Ella Fitzgerald at 100” with book signing, Beyond Category: The Life and Genius of Duke Ellington at The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street

March 18, 2018, 3-5pm                  Douglas J. Richards – discussion of Jazz critic and author, Martin Williams at The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street

April 22, 2018, 3-5pm                      B. J. Brown – Exhibition Curator/Moderator of “Family Day” at The Valentine, 1015 East Clay Street

Major support for this project provided by the following:

LEAD SPONSOR
THE CABELL FOUNDATION

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