RJS Jazz Preservation

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, 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)

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 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.

Major support for this project is provided by the following:

LEAD SPONSOR
THE CABELL FOUNDATION

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MAJOR SPONSORS