Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             Wisconsin Jazz and Heritage Foundation (WJHF)
             414-562-8505    662-247-3364
             web site:

             Tina Moore, Board Member
             Wisconsin Jazz and Heritage Foundation (WJHF)
             web site:

4th Annual Wisconsin Jazz and Heritage Festival

Late Milwaukee Jazz Pianist & Vibraphonist
Buddy Montgomery Honored at Jazz Festival

Buddy Montgomery

"A Juneteenth Jazz Tribute to late Milwaukee jazz pianist
and Vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery"

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin) - North Milwaukee's rich jazz heritage and legacy will be celebrated during the 4th Annual Milwaukee Jazz and Heritage Festival. The festival, sponsored by the Wisconsin Jazz and Heritage Foundation (WJHF), will take place at Sweet Black Coffee, 2411 N. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Drive, on Friday, October 1, 2010, beginning at 8:00pm.

The National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP), sponsors of "Celebrating Juneteenth Jazz", an African-American jazz legacy preservation initiative during Black Music Month, has included the WJHF as a part of their annual Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Festival & Concert Series.

"Milwaukee has a rich jazz legacy that influenced me as a child to become a musician," states Milwaukee native and National Juneteenth Jazz Artist Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the WJHF and the NAJJP. "The preservation of that legacy is why the annual Wisconsin Jazz and Heritage Festival is taking place every year."

The festival will honor the late Milwaukee jazz pianist and vibraphonist, Buddy Montgomery, who died May 14, 2009, at age 79. Montgomery was born January 30, 1930, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Buddy first played professionally in 1948. In 1949, he played with Big Joe Turner and soon afterwards with Slide Hampton. After a period in the Army, where he had his own quartet, he joined the Mastersounds as a vibraphonist with his brother Monk, pianist Richie Crabtree and drummer Benny Barth in 1957. He led the Montgomery-Johnson Quintet with Ray Johnson from 1955 and 1957. His earliest sessions as a leader are from the late 1950s. He played briefly with Miles Davis in 1960. In 1969 he moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and taught jazz music locally. Early in the 1980s he moved to Oakland; there he released more solo material and played with the Riverside Reunion Band, Charlie Rouse, David Fathead Newman and Bobby Hutcherson.

Montgomery played regularly for many years in Milwaukee at the Pfister Hotel. A special scholarship fund has been established by the WJHF in honor of Buddy Montgomery. All proceeds from the festival will be contributed to the WJHF Scholarship Fund.

"The annual festival has become a homecoming event for Milwaukee jazz musicians," states saxophonist Rolla Armstead. "Many of us will be returning home to Milwaukee to honor Buddy at the festival."

Admission to all events is free. However, donations to the scholarship fund are greatly appreciated. Suggested donation is $20.00.

For more information contact WJHF Board Member Tina Moore at 414-241-9559, e-mail:, web site -

Celebrating Juneteenth Jazz

4th Annual

Milwaukee Jazz Legacy Concert

Friday, October 1, 2010, 8:00pm

Sweet Black Coffee
2411 N. Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Drive
Milwaukee, WI

Celebrating Juneteenth Jazz


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