Original Air Date: Weds. February 4, 2009
Topic: Forgotten Sisters Of The Harlem Renaissance & Resurrecting The Legacy Of Jimmie Lunceford
Native Memphian Lil Hardin Armstrong (1898-1971) Was The Mastermind Behind The Emergence Of Louis Daniel Armstrong The Universally Renowned Musical Genius/Revolutionary Known As Satchmo. A True Sophisticated Lady, Lil made sure that the world fell in love with her Louie the same way she did as a young pianist in the legendary King Oliver Creole Jazz Orchestra. In a rare interview and in her own words listen to her describe the 1920s jazz scene and the ascension of Louis Armstrong as King of Jazz and into the pop culture stratosphere.
Lil Hardin Armstrong was arguably in her own right a very talented composer and musician. However, her own personal ambitions were second to her aspirations for her husband. She helped arrange the Hot Five and Hot Seven recording sessions which are considered by many to be the greatest and most important in jazz music history because those sessions set the stage for things to come in American music and beyond. Her association and collaboration with Satchmo ensured her immortality if not name familiarity.
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B.) Florence Mills The Blackbird Of Harlem Tribute
Florence Mills is the greatest superstar you never heard of. Her larger than life talents and persona set the path for those to follow. This daughter of former slaves was without a doubt the first international Black female superstar from America. Talented as well as an outspoken advocate for her people at home and abroad, Florence was a proud product of the Harlem Renaissance. She was able to dine and entertain royalty and heads of state and yet still keep touch and break bread with the common folk. Her charity and generosity was as equal as her gargantuan talents.
Check Out The W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV Documentary On Florence Mills
W.E A.L.L. B.E. created the documentary Florence Mills The Blackbird Of Harlem for the sole purpose of reintroducing this artist of genius to a new generation of fans and admirers...W.E. A.L.L. B.E. interviewed Bro. Bill Egan, the author of the definitive Florence Mills: Harlem Jazz Queen to get a better understanding about this forgotten legend and her place in history...Also included in this documentary is an interview from Florence’s husband, the dance great U.S. ‘Slow Kid’ Thompson who colorfully tells how Florence got started in show business....You can view the documentary in three parts on YouTube:
About Author & Florence Mills Expert Bro. Bill Egan
Mr. Egan Is A Big Fan And Expert On Black Culture and History...His Love Of Those Subjects Has Led Him To Write And Publish His First Book Florence Mills: Harlem Jazz Queen Which Took Him 10 Years To Write...He Is The World's Foremost Authority On The Life And Legacy Of The Great Entertainer And Black Leader Florence Mills, Who Was An International Star Of The 1920s Of Both Stage, Dance And Song, But Who Died Tragically Very Young At The Tender age of 31...Duke Ellington Wrote A Popular Song "Black Beauty" In Her Honor....Hundreds Of Thousands People Came To Her Funeral, Making It One Of The Largest In New York City History....
21 Questions with R2C2H2: Author Bill Egan shines spotlight back on The Blackbird and Jazz Queen of Harlem after 79 years in obscurity...
C.) Resurrecting The Legacy of Jimmie Lunceford: Highlights From The 2008 Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Awards Part One
About The 2008 Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Awards
On Dec. 20, 2008 the 1st Annual Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Awards took place at popular community venue Java, Juice & Jazz in south Memphis...This segment represents the important conversation that took place concerning the future of music, music education and what it will take to revitalize the Memphis community and revered music tradition, empower young people and beyond.The event also included exceptional performances in the spirit of Jimmie Lunceford.
Our distinguished featured participants in this segment include:
*Memphis Music Legend & Historian
Prof. Emerson Able
*The Honorable U.S. Congressman
*Education Advocate Extraordinaire & 2008 W.E. A.L.L. B.E. Artivist Of The Year
Sis. Callie Herd
*Civil Rights Legend & Co-Founder Of The National Civil Rights Museum
Judge D'Army Bailey
Also including spoken word performance by activist Bro. Imhotep & music performance of original composition "Yes We Can!" by singer Bro. Marvin Butler
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