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AAMI Mural Museum for Ahmad Jamal
July 1, 2023
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African American Music Institute Mural Museum Celebrating Legendary Jazz Musician Ahmad Jamal
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — July 6, 2023 — The African American Music Institute (AAMI) is thrilled to announce the painting of a captivating Mural Museum, showcasing a stunning mural of the late jazz icon, Ahmad Jamal, in honor of his birthday week. The museum, painted by acclaimed artist Kyle Holbrook in collaboration with Serena English, will pay tribute to the lifetime achievements of the iconic musician and feature a QR code linking to a fundraising campaign for the AAMI's future performance space extension.
Born on July 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ahmad Jamal was one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz history, earning the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. His musical contributions spanned six decades, inspiring countless musicians worldwide. Tragically, Ahmad Jamal passed away on April 16, 2023, leaving a profound impact on the world of jazz and Pittsburgh's rich music history.
AAMI Mural Museum, located at 7131 Hamilton Ave., Pittsburgh, will be showcased on July 6, 2023, at 11 AM. The momentous occasion will gather admirers of Ahmad Jamal and jazz enthusiasts to celebrate the legacy of this iconic figure.
The centerpiece of the Mural Museum will be the breathtaking portrait of Ahmad Jamal, painted live by artist Kyle Holbrook during his birthday week. The mural will capture the essence of his musical prowess and his invaluable contributions to African American music. Serena English's creative touches will add depth and vibrancy to the artistic masterpiece.
Moreover, the museum serves a greater purpose as it marks the announcement of AAMI's new extension, which will be named after the late Ahmad Jamal. This extension will provide a dedicated performance space for aspiring young musicians, carrying forward the legacy of excellence fostered by AAMI for the past 40 years.
Pam Johnson and Dr. James Johnson founded the African American Music Institute in 1983 with a mission to provide educational opportunities, inspiration, and services to the community. The institute has been instrumental in shaping the lives of countless young musicians from the Pittsburgh area, empowering them to make an impact in the world through their music.
AAMI calls upon jazz enthusiasts, music lovers, and community members to join in the celebration of Ahmad Jamal's life and support the fundraising campaign for the future extension. The QR code on the Mural will offer a convenient way to contribute to this significant endeavor and continue the legacy of nurturing young talents.
For media inquiries and more information about the event, please contact:
Name: Kyle Holbrook
Join us on July 6th as we showcase the Mural Museum, a testament to the greatness of Ahmad Jamal and a step towards a brighter future for young musicians at the African American Music Institute.
About African American Music Institute (AAMI)
Founded in 1983 by Pam Johnson and Dr. James Johnson, AAMI has been at the forefront of providing educational services and opportunities for the Pittsburgh community for four decades. Its mission is to inspire and uplift through the power of music, fostering young talents and preserving the legacy of African American musical heritage.
About Artist Kyle Holbrook
Kyle Holbrook is a renowned artist known for his stunning and socially relevant murals that adorn numerous cities across the United States. His work often captures the essence of historical figures and significant cultural events, leaving an indelible mark on the communities he touches.