**** JAZZ INDIANA ****
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JUNETEENTH
"June is Black Music Month!"
CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ
"Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!"
"Celebrating the historic contributions of African Americans to
the legacy of jazz in Indianapolis"
"Honoring the historic contributions of African Americans to
to the legacy of jazz in Indiana"
"The Indiana Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Holiday Celebration is dedicated to the
preservation of the historic contributions of African Americans to the legacy of
jazz in Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, the nation and the world."
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JUNETEENTH JAZZ PRESENTERS (NAJJP)
AFRICAN AMERICAN JAZZ CAUCUS (AAJC)
proudly present the
2011 2nd Annual
JUNETEENTH JAZZ LEGACY AWARDS PROGRAM
In association with
"JAZZ ON THE AVENUE"
Madam C.J. Walker Theatre Center
Friday, June 24, 2011, 7:00PM
Madam C.J. Walker Theatre Center
617 Indiana Avenue Indianapolis, IN
Join us in celebrating our great African American
Jazz Legacy during Black Music Month and Juneteenth!
Acknowledging Excellence in
African American Classical Music - Jazz!
***JJLA Jazz Masters Award***
***JJLA Jim Harrison Jazz Journalism Award***
***JJLA Lifetime Achievement Award***
along with other distinctive Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Awards!
The Madame C. J. Walker Theatre Center's "Jazz on the Avenue" performance series is an indelible musical icon among Indianapolis jazz fans and supporters. This series continues to be presented on the last Friday of every month since the mid-1980's. On Friday, June 25, 2010, the JOA tradition presented Indianapolis Jazz master bassist Al Finnell and his jazz ensemble in performance.
The Madame Walker Theatre Center also added a new dimension to the series that evening by including its First Annual Indiana Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Celebration. Indianapolis native and internationally renowned master jazz bassist, Dr. Larry Ridley was honored. This celebration is a part of the nationally recognized "June Is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ - "Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!" which is sponsored by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and the African American Jazz Caucus, Inc. - (AAJC).
Jazz On the Avenue also paid tribute to the February 9, 2010 Indiana General Assembly's unanimous passage of Indiana House Concurrent Resolution #38 introduced by the Honorable State Representative William A. Crawford. This resolution celebrates the Emancipation Proclamation and urges the establishment of "June 19th" as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Indiana. Juneteenth is currently recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 37 states, the District of Columbia and the United States Congress.
The following day on Saturday, June 26, 2010, the Crispus Attucks Museum under the directorship of Dr. Pat Payne sponsored a special reenactment at the Museum of the origin of the June 19, 1865 Juneteenth Proclamation. This proclamation was given by Union Army General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas which informed the slaves they were free from slavery. They were among the last to learn of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln freeing the slaves earlier in 1863. Noted Indianapolis Attorney Fay Williams, a Galveston born activist gave a moving testimony regarding her experiences growing up there in Texas.
The Madam Walker Theatre Center will continue to annually acknowledge Juneteenth and Indiana Jazz Masters. The 7:00 p.m., Friday, June 24, 2011 Indiana Juneteenth Jazz Master Honorees will include trombonist/cellist Dr. David Baker, drummer Dr. Willis Kirk, bassist Mingo Jones, drummer Albert Coleman and posthumous awards to trombonist J.J. Johnson, guitarist Wes Montgomery, Noble Sissle, Ben Holliman, the Hampton Sisters and pianist Erroll Grandy. A special Historian/Photographer Award will be given to Duncan Schiedt.
On Saturday, June 25, 2011, Dr. Payne and the Crispus Attucks Museum will once again present a reenactment of the June 19, 1865 proclamation in Galveston, Texas. The actors will again perform in clothing reflecting the period. The museum is located on the campus of the historic Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School located at 1140 Dr. Martin Luther King Street, Indianapolis, IN. We encourage people to arrive early to peruse the historical artifacts. The museum will be open from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. and the performance will begin at 2:00 p.m. For further information contact the museum at (317) 226-2430.
The Indiana Juneteenth Communications Coordinator is Mr. David Williams. Ms. Betty Shaw is the liaison coordinator between MWTC/Jazz on the Avenue and the NAJJP/AAJC Partnership.
State Representative William Crawford sponsored legislation
to recognize Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Indiana
Getty Images Photo
Myers urges President Obama to support Juneteenth Jazz
during Black Music Month in June through the performance of
the AAJC/HBCU Student All-star Big Band at the annual WASHINGTON
JUNETEENTH National Holiday Observance
(Letter to President Obama)
Profiles on Indiana African American Jazz Legacy Musicians
(Click on the name for biographical information, photographs, etc.)
, Piano & Vibes
, Band Leader, Vocals & Composer
Wilbur De Paris
Sidney De Paris
, Trombone & Cello
, Piano & Vocals
, Piano & Organ
Alonzo "Pookie" Johnson
Johnny Shacklett, Guitar
, Bass & Legendary Jazz Educator
, Band Leader, Composer & Alto Sax
Historic Indiana African American Jazz Spots
(Any information on these jazz spots, photos, articles, etc. greatly apprciated!)
Sunset Terrace, Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis
George's Bar, Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis
Henri's, Indiana Avenue, Indianapolis
(This is a work in progress! Many many listings to come!)