AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS
February marks the beginning of Black History Month. Various institutions will celebrate the accomplishments of Black citizens, who rightly deserve acknowledgement for their achievements. Phil Schaap will host his annual Black History Month broadcast, in honor of those musicians who, at the forefront of racial discrimination, created a legacy of incomparable music.
Saturday, (2/4), 6:00 PM (EST) - Fletcher Henderson's music will be explored. Henderson, a graduate of Atlanta College, realized early in his career, access to academia and a chemistry professorship was indeed, limited, if nonexistent for an African American. Henderson's musical ability remains legendary, manifesting itself in the creation of the quintessential Jazz Age orchestra - the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra - while his arranger's capability launched the musical identity of the Benny Goodman Orchestra.
Monday, (2/6), 12:00 noon (EST) - Roy Eldridge returns and his music reigns supreme. His career is marked by multiple racial injustices. As a member of the Artie Shaw Orchestra, the California climate proved inhospitable to an accomplished African American musician. Barred from numerous restaurants, the ultimate injustice occurred with Roy's being denied front door entrance in a Shaw gig, where his name was emblazoned on the marquee.
Monday, (2/20), 12:00 noon (EST) - Lester Young's music is highlighted, as well as, the unfathomable humiliation and injustice, endured through government actions.
Date to be announced: the music of Teddy Wilson. CHICAGO, 1936: Teddy Wilson is to appear on the bill, at Congress Hotel, as a member of the newly formed, Benny Goodman Trio. Both, Benny and Teddy, besieged by death threats, never waiver in their commitment to proceed with the performance.
Jazz musicians are special and this month, we, of the Jazz community, applaud their bravery, of daring to confront the color line.
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