Thursday, August 23, 2007

We Remember Jimmie Lunceford On W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Radio...

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"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

"Jimmy Lunceford Was Buried Here In Memphis. The Spot He Occupies Should Have Something Of A Special Significance. ...He Took A Group Of Relatively Unsophisticated Memphis Colored Boys And Welded Them Into An Organization Which Scaled The Heights Of Musical Eminence. ... He Presented Something New In The Way Of Musical Presentations By Negro Orchestras."
--Legendary Memphis Educator And Syndicated Columnist Nat D. Williams

Hear The Great Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra For Yourself To See Why He Is Considered By Many In The Know To Be The Greatest Of Them All:

Please Join Us As We Remember Forgotten Musical Giant Jimmie Lunceford...

Learn How This Memphis City School Teacher Formed The First High School Band/ Orchestra Band With No Money...Learn How He took A Band Made Up Of His High School Students And Former College Pals From Fisk University To The Legendary Cotton Club In Harlem , NY And Became A National Sensation, Constantly Beating Bands Like Duke Ellington's, Count Basie's, Benny Goodman's, Woody Herman's, Cab Calloway's and Glenn Miller's!!!

Learn Why The Man Who Was The True King Of Swing Lies Forgotten About In A Grave In Elmwood Cemetery In Memphis, Tn ...A Man Who Was Once Among The Most Famous Americans Of His Time Has Even Been Written Out Of The History Of The School Where He Taught As Well As The History Of Memphis In General, But Is Still Being Remembered By A Nice Size Fan Base Based In Holland...

Check Out the Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Orchestra From Holland On MySpace:

Learn About The New Efforts To Revive The Memory And Legacy Of Jimmie Lunceford In Memphis Firsthand:

The People I Will Interview Include:

A.) Jazz Great Gerald Wilson...

Joined Mr. Lunceford Orchestra At The Age Of 19 Back In 1939...He Also Went To Manassas High School For A Few Years...He Still Teaches At UCLA At Almost 90 And Won The Teacher Of The Year Award Last Year!!! He's Also A Very Well Known And Respected Jazz Legend In His Own Right...Mr. Wilson Still Leads His Own Very Successful Big Band Which Also Features Lunceford Alum Snooky Young...He Wrote The Theme Song For The Monterrey Jazz Festival...

Listen To Jazz Great, Educator And Lunceford Band Alum Gerald Wilson's Recollections Of Jimmie Lunceford In This Wonderful NPR Interview:

B.) Critically Acclaimed Classical Pianist Kathyrn Press Thomas...

One Of The Last Three Surviving Members Of Manassas High School Class Of 1932...She Is A Classical Pianist And Was Taught By Jimmie Lunceford...At 92 Years Young She Is The Last Surviving Memphian To Have Played Music With Lunceford!!!

C.) Legendary Memphis Music Educator And Musician Emerson Able...

Emerson Able, Former Legendary Band Director @ Manassas High School And Jimmie Lunceford Advocate...This Is The Man Who Kicked Isaac Hayes Out Of The Band At Manassas High School!!! Able Recorded And Traveled With The Isaac Hayes Movement, Including The Great Wattstax Festival In 1972, And The Infamous Re-Shoot Of The Hayes Set There.

As A Band Teacher In North Memphis, He Cultivated Many Fine Talents Over The Years, And Is One Of The Unrecognized Influences Of The Memphis Sound.

D.) Memphis Flyer Journalist Preston Lauterbach...

The Journalist And Passionate Memphis Music Fan Who Wrote The Recent And Fantastic Memphis Flyer Article On Jimmie Lunceford:

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