FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (10/20/12)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Artistic Director
             Alphonso Trent Memorial Fort Smith Jazz Jam
             National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
             National Juneteenth Observnce Foundation (NJOF)
             662-392-2016
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.JazzArkansas.com
                            www.JuneteenthJazz.com
                            www.ChristianJazz.net
                            www.NationalJuneteenth.com



Alphonso Trent
Alphonso Trent

(1905 - 1959)


Horn In The Corn
Ron Myers



4th Annual Alphonso Trent Memorial Fort Smith Jazz Jam

Fort Smith Jazz Legand Alphonso Tent Honored on His Birthday



(Fort Smith, AR) - Fort Smith's rich jazz heritage and legacy will be celebrated during the 4th Annual Alphonso Trent Memorial Fort Smith Jazz Jam, hosted by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and the American Pain Institute (API), on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. A lecture by University of Arkansas Fort Smith asst. professor of history, Steven Kike, concert and jam session are scheduled beginning at 12:00noon, at Fort Smith Museum of History, 320 Rogers Avenue, in Fort Smith, AR.

October 24th is the birthday of the late Fort Smith jazz legend, Alphonso Trent. He was born Alphonse "Alphonso" Trent on August 24, 1905 and died October 14, 1959. Trent was a legendary American jazz pianist and territory band leader.

Trent played piano since childhood and worked in local bands in Arkansas through his youth. He led his first band in the mid-1920s, possibly as early as 1923. In 1924 he played with Eugene Cook's Synco Six, and then took over leadership of the band, which played until 1934, playing mostly in the American South and Midwest, as well as on steamboats.

"Alphonso Trent is the greatest Fort Smith territory jazz band leader and music icon in history," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign, NAJJP and the API. "Honoring jazz legacy muscians like Alphonso Trent is why the Alphonso Trent Memorial Fort Smith Jazz Jam will be taking place every year."

In June, the NAJJP are sponsors of "June is Juneteenth African Amercan Jazz Legacy Month", an African-American jazz legacy preservation initiative during Black Music Month. Juneteenth is officially recognized as a state holiday observance in Arkansas, joining a total of 41 states and the District of Columbia in the recognition of America's 2nd Independence Day.

Juneteenth commemorates the day when slaves in the last geographic area in America where slavery existed learned of their freedom. This took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, when Union General Gordon Granger read General Order #3, announcing that "all slaves are free" by Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, and issued on January 1, 1863. It took over two and a half years for the news to travel to southwest Texas. The National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign continues to work to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday observance in America.

The festival's featured artist will be area physician, accomplished jazz pianist and trumpet player, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D. A modern day renaissance man, Dr. Myers is a minister, physician and jazz musician, and the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist. Myers will be joined by vocalist Lanita Chastain and guitarist Ron Chastain.

Information about the festival can be found at www.JazzArkansas.com or www.JuneteenthJazz.com. Also contact Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016 or e-mail Juneteenthdoc@yahoo.com. Admission is free to all events. Any donations to the American Pain Institute will be greatly appreciated.

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