Sunday, June 25, 2017

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Tha Artivist Salutes Jimmie Lunceford

Monday, June 12, 2017

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: A MoveMEnt & A REsurREction: Tha Artivist Salutes Jimmie Lunceford Graveside For 115th Birthday #JimmieLUNcefordJamboREeFestival

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Tues. 6/6/2017 @ 10:30AM-1PM~Jimmie Lunceford 115th Life Affirmation Day Anniversary Wreath Laying Ceremony & Jam Session @ Elmwood Cemetery~FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!

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2017 Wreath Laying Ceremony & Jam Session In Honor Of Jimmie Lunceford's 115th Life Affirmation Day (Birthday)

When: Tuesday June 6, 2017

Where: Elmwood Cemetery (The Lord’s Chapel & Graveside)
824 S. Dudley Street. • Memphis, TN 38104

Time: 10:30am-1pm Central
(Wreath Laying Ceremony Will Began @ Graveside Around 10:30AM Which Is Located @ Plot: South Grove 10, Lot 437. The Rest Of Program Will Be Conducted @ The Lord's Chapel Which Is Located Across From The Administrative Building Near The Front Entrance Of Elmwood Cemetery)

Contact: Bro. Ron Herd II/R2C2H2 Tha Artivist, The Founder Of The Jimmie Lunceford Wreath Laying Ceremony & The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival

Phone: 901-299-4355
E-mail: Jimmie.Lunceford.Jam@gmail.com



***Free Admission***
***Birthday Cake & Refreshments Will Be Served!!!***
***Open Mic & Jam Session~Bring Your Own Thoughts, Instrument & Voice!!!***
***Family Friendly Event***

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NOTE: THIS HISTORIC EVENT WILL BE DOCUMENTED VIA PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO RECORDING, THE WRITTEN WORD & AUDIO...IF YOU ARE  A WILLING PARTICIPANT OF THIS EVENT THAT MEANS YOU HAVE GIVEN AUTOMATIC CONSENT & PERMISSION TO BE RECORDED FOR THE MAKING OF A FEATURE DOCUMENTARY FILM & OTHER DERIVATIVE CREATIVE/INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES TO INFORM ABOUT & PROMOTE THE LIFE & LEGACY OF JIMMIE LUNCEFORD VIA THE W.E. A.L.L. B.E. GROUP INC. & THE JIMMIE LUNCEFORD JAMBOREE FESTIVAL ENTERPRISES RESPECTIVELY...

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Who Was Jimmie Lunceford????



"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. Lunceford and many others like him chose to remain at home, and with their people. [His death] should have meaning in inspiration and guidance to others. If we permit it, Lunceford's burial in Memphis can mean this."
--Legendary Memphis Educator And Syndicated Columnist Nat D. Williams


  "Manassas had the first orchestra of any school in the city with Mr. Lunceford. He was a good disciplinarian, a good teacher, and the students just had a fit over him. Lunceford played sophisticated jazz. I used to practice with them."-- Kathryn Perry Thomas, Beloved Memphis Educator & Manassas High Class of 1932 (JimmieLunceford.com, 2008)


  "He would come over to the school each and every time he would play Memphis. His band would perform for the [Manassas] student body, and our band, the Little Rhythm Bombers, would play for him. This is where most of us, as students, saw him. He would bring the big band over to Manassas and perform." --Memphis Music Great, Educator & Manassas Rhythm Bomber Emerson, Jr. (JimmieLunceford.com, 2008)

WHY #JimmieLuncefordMatters #Jazznocracy2017


Although in 2009 he was finally awarded a long overdue brass note on the street (Beale Street) that he helped made famous, the tantalizing question still remains for many in 'The City of Good Abode': Who Was Jimmie Lunceford???

On June 6, 1902, in Fulton, Mississippi, a music genius was born. Please join us on June 6, 2017, as we honor the memory of one of Memphis’ unsung heroes on his birthday: Music & Education Giant Jimmie Lunceford!!!

Jimmie Lunceford was the first high school band director in Memphis City Schools History. He started music education in the Memphis City Schools as a volunteer at the first public high school for Blacks, Manassas High School. Ironically he was not hired to be a music instructor but a physical education instructor in addition to being the football, baseball, basketball and track coach as well as English/Spanish and sometimes history teacher. He started the first high school band at Manassas High School with no money, but with a lot of self-determination and self-confidence. He knew that music could help in building black youths' self esteem and instill community pride. Jimmie Lunceford through his pioneering efforts also started the first jazz studies program in U.S. public schools history. He eventually selected nine of his best music students and several college friends from Fisk University to form arguably the greatest jazz swing band of the 1930s and 1940s.  



His band became known as 'The Chickasaw Syncopators' and was very popular locally, appearing  at many Memphis area dances and even on the radio....They first recorded on June 6, 1930, Lunceford's 28th Life Affirmation Day...1930 is also the year that Jimmie Lunceford quits the day job and pursues his dream of music stardom full time.  

In 1934, the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra eventually took over as the house band at the legendary Cotton Club where they literally became household names due to live regular national radio broadcasts from that venue. His Orchestra was nicknamed 'The Harlem Express' because of their overwhelming popularity NATIONALLY with the African American dance community of the 1930s & 40s... His fame also extended beyond that proud community for he was also recognized by the larger national and international audiences as well...The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra was the top attraction at the legendary Apollo Theatre for a whole decade and was the first Black jazz orchestra to integrate the prestigious Paramount Theatre in New York City (which included back-to-back sold out engagements for several weeks)…Jimmie Lunceford was nicknamed 'The King Of The Battle Of The Bands' because his orchestra would constantly beat the best bands of the day in music competition and fan appeal which included Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chick Webb, Benny Goodman & Glenn Miller...Jimmie Lunceford was also a 'movie star' (orchestra performed in the popular 1941 movie musical “Blues In The Night" and also in a 1936 film short) and his songs appeared in numerous popular cartoons of the day as well.

He owned and flew his own airplanes at a time when African Americans were not even allowed to attend flight schools in the U.S. Jimmie Lunceford was also a philanthropist. He gave large sums of money to start music education programs throughout the country to keep kids out of trouble and in school. He was truly a man ‘of’ as well as ‘ahead’ of his times.


Unfortunately, Jimmie died under ‘mysterious circumstances’ at the peak of his career
on July 12, 1947, while signing autographs in Seaside, Oregon. He was only 45 years old. His funerals were attended by thousands in both New York and Memphis. Unfortunately, the mortal remains of Jimmie Lunceford and his legacy it seems has laid forgotten about in historic Elmwood Cemetery in south Memphis for almost 70 years…Until now…Join Us As We Pay Homage To A Great Man & New Annual Tradition...The wreath laying ceremony and jam session will also serve as the the introduction to the soon to be annual "Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival" which will take place fall 2017...  

The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Movement takes great pride and honor in honoring a true gentleman whose creative genius and legacy knows no boundaries...James “Jimmie” Melvin Lunceford was considered by many to be among jazz's greatest swing band leaders IF NOT THE GREATEST SWING BAND LEADER OF THEM ALL!!! Memphis Music Owes A Debt To The Visionary & Pioneering Efforts Of Jimmie Lunceford...And He Thought Enough Of Memphis That He Decided To Be Buried Here...Let's Give Him The Homecoming That He Deserves!!!

Jazznocracily yours,



Bro. Ron aka R2c2h2 Tha Artivist, The Founder Of The Jimmie Lunceford Wreath Laying Ceremony & The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival

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For More Information About Jimmie Lunceford & The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Check Out The Following Links: 

Official Website:
http://www.JimmieLunceford.com

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The Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra in Action, Amazing 1936 Short Film: 
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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Jimmie Lunceford A Memphis Legend: 
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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: JazzIN' @ Manassas High: THE MEmphis SoUNd Goes To School #ASALH2016 
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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: SavINg Black Lives Through Rhythm Was His Business: Jimmie Lunceford's Mission 
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https://youtu.be/iCPkX3u8Y5c 

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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News: Wreath Laying Ceremony & Birthday Tribute Swings Forgotten Jazz Great’s Contributions Back Into The Spotlight…
READ:

http://jimmieluncefordjam.blogspot.com/2009/08/wreath-laying-ceremony-birthday-tribute.html

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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News: Jazznocracy At Its Finest: Jimmie Lunceford Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Ceremony
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http://jimmieluncefordjam.blogspot.com/2011/06/jazznocracy-at-its-finest-jimmie.html 

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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & Radio Special~1st Annual Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival Radio Program:

Friday, May 26, 2017

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: JazzIN' @ Manassas High: THE MEmphis SoUNd Goes To School #ASALH2016

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Sat. May 6, 2017, 10am @ Whitehaven Public Library, Memphis, TN: 2017 Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival & Wreath Laying Ceremony Planning Committee Meeting

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What: 2017 Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival & Wreath Laying Ceremony Planning Meeting

When: Saturday May 6, 2017 @ 10:00AM Central Time (90 minutes)

Where: Whitehaven Public Library. 4120 Millbranch Rd., Memphis, TN 38116.

Official Website:


We will be having the kickoff meeting for the 2017 Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival & Wreath Laying Ceremony Planning Committee scheduled on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 10:00 am. The meeting will be held at Whitehaven Public Library. The Library is located at: 4120 Millbranch Rd., Memphis, TN 38116. Use the map-quest link below to get directions if needed: https://www.mapquest.com/directions.

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About The 2017 Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival

"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 (Determeyer, 2006)

“The music still sounds good, and it still inspires me, you know. I just think that band had everything. It was just one helluva band.”--Jazz Great Horace Silver (Determeyer, 2006)
 
"Manassas had the first orchestra of any school in the city with Mr. Lunceford. He was a good disciplinarian, a good teacher, and the students just had a fit over him. Lunceford played sophisticated jazz. I used to practice with them."-- Kathryn Perry Thomas, Beloved Memphis Educator & Manassas High Class of 1932 (JimmieLunceford.com, 2008)
 
"He would come over to the school each and every time he would play Memphis. His band would perform for the [Manassas] student body, and our band, the Little Rhythm Bombers, would play for him. This is where most of us, as students, saw him. He would bring the big band over to Manassas and perform."
--Memphis Music Great, Educator & Manassas Rhythm Bomber Emerson, Jr. (JimmieLunceford.com, 2008)


WeAllBe's next project is the 2017 Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival. This year will mark the 115th anniversary of Jimmie Lunceford's birth and the 70 year anniversary of his death. Ronald Herd II aka R2C2H2 Tha Artivist, founder of The WeAllBe Group Inc., learned about Jimmie Lunceford, Charlie Parker and James Reese Europe from being exposed to the history and sounds of jazz music during his freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis. This revelation allowed him to become a genuine fan of the unsung music genius known as Jimmie Lunceford. Herd was anointed to do this work because he later he found out that his paternal grandmother was a dancer for Lunceford when he came to Kansas City along with his great uncles being childhood friends with jazz great Charlie Parker. He illustrated, wrote and self-published a book on James Reese Europe entitled 'James Reese Europe: Jazz Lieutenant.'  The book is listed on the Smithsonian Institute's 'Jazz Books For Kids & Young Adults' List. Herd later met the late great Mr. Emerson Able, Jr., a Memphis music legend in his own right and a fellow Lunceford enthusiast, in 2007 and they became partners in crime as they went beyond trying to give honor to Jimmie Lunceford. Their collective grassroots effort led to Jimmie Lunceford finally receiving a brass note on Beale Street in 2009. The late Mr. Able was a wonderful and great 'Jegna' (A Better Word Than 'Mentor') to Herd and his legacy will live on through Herd's works on Lunceford.


Even when they gave Lunceford his Blues Trail in his hometown of Fulton, Mississippi they used some of the wording that Herd had created for Jimmie Lunceford. Herd even got Wikipedia to correct Lunceford's state of birth from Fulton, Missouri to Fulton, Mississippi.

See Also...

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News: Jazznocracy At Its Finest: Jimmie Lunceford Mississippi Blues Trail Marker Ceremony

Jimmie Lunceford taught the first high school band in the Memphis City Schools system along with having four other responsibilities (taught English and History along with being the Basketball and Football coaches). Jimmie Lunceford may have been the first person to teach jazz studies in an educational setting in any place in the world!!! He made history by bringing together his best high school band students along with his fellow Fisk alum musician buddies to form the popular locally Chickasaw Syncopators which later became world wide famous as the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra. They ruled the Cotton Club as the official house band for several years starting in 1934 and was the most popular act at the legendary Apollo Theatre for 10 yrs. They consistently beat out Duke Ellington, Count Basie and other great bands during that era and Jimmie Lunceford was known as the King of the Battle of the Bands and his band was nicknamed the Harlem Express because they were the number one band of choice for African American dancers in the United States. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. Miles Davis in his autobiography gave honor to Manassas High School for producing world class musicians. Now it is time to give honor to Jimmie Lunceford.

We have several activities planned to give honor to his legacy and you will be provided the agenda later.

Below is the link to the Jimmie Lunceford Official Jamboree Festival Website:


Jimmie Lunceford and his dance orchestra:

Jimmie Lunceford A Memphis Legend:

Interviews with Jazz Great Gerald Wilson as he remembers the Master Teacher of Swing, Jimmie Lunceford:



Tuesday, March 15, 2016

W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: SavINg Black Lives Through Rhythm Was His Business: Jimmie Lunceford's Mission


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Celebrating Jimmie Lunceford & The Music Of Manassas High (11/15/2012) Panel Discussion

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W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Celebrating Jazz Great Jimmie Lunceford & The Music Of Manassas High~11/15/2012
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Celebrating Jimmie Lunceford & The Music Of Manassas High(2012) Part 1...Panel Discussion

Celebrating Jimmie Lunceford & The Music Of Manassas High, 11/15/2012 @ Rhodes College sponsored by The Mike Curb Institute & The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival (JLJF). (Left to Right): Memphis Music Legend Bro. Emerson Able, Jr., Mike Curb Institute Director Dr. John Bass & JLJF Founder Bro. Ron Herd II aka r2c2h2 tha artivist discussed the profound impact of Jimmie Lunceford on Memphis music history and education. Jazz great Jimmie Lunceford voluntarily started music education in the Memphis City Schools and thus changed the course of American Music History. For More Information On The JLJF please visit the official website: http://www.jimmielunceford.com

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