FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (8/17/14)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Artistic Director
             Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Festival
             662-247-3364    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web sites: www.JazzMississippi.com    www.ChristianJazz.net    www.JuneteenthJazz.com


Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilson


Hank Jones
Hank Jones


Milt Hinton
Milt Hinton


Lester Young
Lester Young


Mulgrew Miller
Mulgrew Miller


Dwayne Armstrong
Dwayne Armstrong


Horn In The Corn
Ron Myers



19th Annual Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Festival
Continues in the Mississippi Delta

(Mound Bayou, Belzoni, Indianola, Greenville, Greenwood & Shelby, Mississippi)

Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Festival
Celebrates the Magnolia States Great Jazz Legacy

(Gerald Wilson, Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, Lester Young, Mulgreww Miller, Dwayne Armstrong and others!)



(Mound Bayou, Belzoni, Indianola, Greenville, Greenwood & Shelby, MS) – The 19th Annual Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Festival, celebrating Mississippi's great jazz legacy, will take place in the Mississippi Delta on Labor Day weekend, from Wednesday, August 27, through Thursday, September 4, 2014, in Mound Bayou, Belzoni, Indianola, Greenville, Greenwood and Shelby, Mississippi. Woodville, MS native, and father of the modern jazz saxophone, the late Lester Young, Vicksburg, MS, natives, master jazz pianist, the late Hank Jones, and late father of the modern jazz bass, Milt Hinton, along with Greenwood, MS native, one the finest jazz pianist in the world, the late Mulgrew Miller and Geenville, MS, native, master jazz saxophonist, Dwayne Armstrong, will all be honored.

"We are returning to Belzoni, Indianola, Greenville, Greenwood, Shelby and bringing the festival to Mound Bayou for the first time over the Labor Day weekend," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Artistic Director of the Mississippi Jazz and Heritage Festival and accomplished Belzoni jazz pianist and trumpeter. Myers performs concerts throughout the country as the National Juneteenth Jazz Artist.

"Mississippi has a rich jazz legacy that also includes Shelby, MS native historic jazz composer Gerald Wilson, Jackson, MS native world renowned jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson, and Vicksburg, MS native and father of the modern jazz bass, Milt Hinton and many others,", continues Dr. Myers.

A special 96th birthday reception, honoring Gerald Wilson, will take place in his birthplace of Shelby, Mississippi, on September 4th, the last day of the festival. One of the greatest jazz composers of all time, the multiple Grammy award winner will return to the Mississippi Delta to be recognized in a state that is better known for the blues than jazz.

The festival is sponsored by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and is a part of the International Juneteenth Jazz Concert Series and "June Is Black Music Month!" - CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH JAZZ - "Preserving Our African American Jazz Legacy!". Dr. Myers is also the Founder and Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and is working to establish "June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month".

"Jazz is African American Classical Music, created from the hearts, lives and souls of black folks in America," states Rev., Dr. Myers, also Founder and Chairman of the NAJJP, the Fellowship of Creative Christian Jazz Musicians (FCCJM), the National Juneteenth Christian Leadership Council (NJCLC) and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. "The preservation of our unique African-American jazz music legacy is what Black Music Month and the celebration of Juneteenth is all about."

The festival is in honor of the late Greenville, Mississippi native and master jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller, who recently passed on May 29, 2013.

The festival is always dedicated to the late Woodville, Mississippi native and jazz legend Lester “Prez” Young. “Lester Young is the father of the modern jazz saxophone and was born August 27, 1909 and died in 1959, after a historic career as one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time,” states Dr. Myers. "Billy Holiday gave him the title 'Prez', short for President of the tenor saxophone.”

Dr. Myers will be performing original compositions from his critically acclaimed jazz CD, "Doctor’s Orders." The CD includes popular original Mississippi Delta jazz compositions like "Song For Tchula," "Message From the Country" and "Blues For Tchula."

Jazz bassist "extraordinaire" and trumpet player, Dr. London Branch, retired professor of music and former Director of the Jackson State University Orchestra, will be performing along with Greenville, MS natives Derrick Brown on bass and trombone, Aaron Smith on alto sax and Rod Shannon on percussion and vocals.

All activities will start at 6:00pm. Locations include, Thursday, August 28th, Mound Bayou, MS across from City Hall; Friday, August 29th, in Indianola, MS at Betty's Place, 301 Main Street; Saturday, August 30th, in Greenville, MS at the Delta Art Gallery & Craftorium, 729 Washington Avenue; Sunday, August 31stat the Pine Top Perkins Blues Museum, 17150 Hwy. 49 West; Monday, September 1st, Labor Day in Greenwood, MS at Bo's Bar-b-Que & Grill, 507 Carrollton Avenue; and Thursday, September 4th in Shelby, MS at the Shelby Public Library, Hwy. 61 North.

All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.

For more information contact Dr. Myers at 662-392-2016; e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com; or web site: www.JazzMississippi.com.

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