RJS Jazz Preservation

Jazz Preservation Initiative

September 19, 2017 – April 30, 2018
At The Valentine – 1015 East Clay Street – Richmond VA

Richmond Jazz Society has created an 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.  Thanks to a major lead grant from the Cabell Foundation and the assistance of The Valentine, this project can now be presented to the public.  RJS also acknowledges the financial support received, to date, from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Virginia Commission for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the CultureWorks Grant Program, Championed by Altria.

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

RJS’ Jazz Preservation Initiative 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.