*For Immediate Release*Special To W.E. A.L.L. B.E. News & The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival
A Match Made For Music Heaven: Jervette Ward Ellis as Blues Great Ma Rainey II & R2C2H2 Tha Artivist as Jazz Swing Great Jimmie Lunceford
R2C2H2 Tha Artivist, the founder of the Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival and an integral part of the Jimmie Lunceford Renaissance currently taken root in the Memphis, TN, area, immersed himself into the role of a swinging lifetime….The versatile Artivist brought Jimmie Lunceford back to life for several generations of fans as well as for the uninitiated and unaware at the 4th Annual Elmwood Cemetery Costume Twilight Tour…According to Elmwood Cemetery, more than 800 people attended the 4th Annual Costume Twilight Tour which made it the largest turnout ever…The real Jimmie Lunceford, arguably jazz’s greatest swing band leader, has been buried at Elmwood Cemetery for 62 years after dying under mysterious circumstances while signing autographs at a record shop before a concert engagement on July 12, 1947, in Seaside, Oregon…
R2C2H2 Tha Artivst assisted by Memphis music great Emerson Able and a small band of dedicated others , has been involved in an almost Herculean effort the last two years to get Memphis’ first true high school music band director better recognized in ‘the city of good abode’ where he started music education in the Memphis public city schools back in the 1920s at Manassas High School…This school by coincidence has been featured heavily in jazz and American music history and lore, producing a plethora of all time great musicians as diverse as Isaac Hayes, Booker Little, George Coleman, Hank Crawford and Vera Little…
Aided with trumpet, a snappy hep cat suit, a winning smile, limitless enthusiasm and encyclopedic knowledge of his subject, Tha Artivist was able to entertain a steady and large appreciative audience for three consecutive hours…Many audience members commented on how exceptional Tha Artivist captured the essence of the man as well as the spirit of the times…This was Tha Artivist first time doing this popular tour and this was Jimmie Lunceford's life story first time being included on the tour which included life stories of several other noted and famous Memphians buried in the historic and aesthetically acclaimed cemetery founded in 1852…
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