Ron Herd II aka r2c2h2 tha artivist
"Jimmie Lunceford has the best of all bands. Duke [Ellington] is great, [Count] Basie is
remarkable, but Lunceford tops them both."
-- Legendary Swing Band Leader Glenn Miller
The Mike Curb Institute for Music invites you to Rhodes College in Memphis,TN, on Thursday, November 15 for a very special evening honoring Jimmie Lunceford and the musical legacy of Manassas High School.
In honor of Lunceford’s 110th Birthday and the 65th Anniversary of his Death, a series of events will be held that explore his legacy as a famous bandleader during the Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s, and his
role as band director at Manassas High School, where he became the father of jazz education in the United States.
The rich musical tradition of Manassas High School will also be a point of exploration and celebration during the evening.Among the school’s distinguished alumni are Gerald Wilson, George Coleman, Booker Little, Hank Crawford, Frank Strozier,Charles Lloyd, Emerson Able Jr., Harold Mabern, Howard Grimes, and
with special guest vocalist and Manassas alumna Earlice Taylor (McCallum
Emerson Able, Jr. will be presented with a Beale Street Brass Note on
Wednesday, November 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Daisy Theater on