Press Release CHICAGO JUNETEENTH JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (2/16/11)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chairman
             National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC)
             National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)

             662-247-3364    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.19thofJune.com
                             www.Juneteenth.us
                             www.njclc.com
                             www.JuneteenthJazz.com

                             www.juneteenthjazz.com/JazzIllinois.html



Von Freeman
"A Juneteenth tribute to legendary Chicago jazz great Von Freeman"


2nd Annual Chicago Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival

Chicago Native Dr. Ronald Myers Featured Artist at
Chicago Junetenth Jazz & Heritage Festival



(Chicago, IL) - Illinois rich jazz heritage and legacy will be celebrated during the 2nd Annual Chicago Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Festival, hosted by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP). The celebration will take place on Sunday, Juneteenth Independence Day, the "19th of June", 2011, in the courtyard of the Black United Fund of Illinois Building, 1809 East 71st Street, Chicago, IL, beginning at 3:00pm.

In June, the NAJJP are sponsors of "Celebrating Juneteenth Jazz", an African-American jazz legacy preservation initiative during Black Music Month. Juneteenth is officially recognized as a state holiday observance in Illinois, joining a total of 36 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress 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 is in honor of the Chicago jazz legend, Von Freeman.

"Von Freeman is one of the greatest Chicago jazz icons in history," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Chicago native, Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. "Honoring jazz legacy muscians like Von Freeman is why the Chicago Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Festival will be taking place every year."

The festival's featured artist will be Chicago native, Mississippi family 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. The celebration will also feature Milwaukee master jazz guitarist Manty Ellis and Chicago's own Dwayne Armstrong on Tenor Sax.

Myers will be also joined by guitarist Antoine Brumfield, Cuban percussionist, Earlton Battles Manley, bassist John Price, drummer Sam Belton, percussionist Eddy Dunn, with drummer and percussionist Aye Aton, and others Juneteenth Jazz legacy musicians.

Information about the festival can be found at www.juneteenthjazz.com/JazzIllinois.html or www.JuneteenthJazz.com. Also contact Dr. Ron Myers at 662-247-3364 or e-mail: Juneteenthdoc@yahoo.com. There is no admission charge and donations are very much appreciated!

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