W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV: Spreading The Jimmie Lunceford Legend Via 21ST Century Technology Is Our Business…Support The JLJF Movement.
"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
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2012 Is Not The Ending, It’s Just The Beginning!
Please enjoy these recent tv documentaries that were produced by W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV that exposes the true genius and staying power of the Jimmie Lunceford Legacy. The Jimmie Lunceford Jamboree Festival (JLJF) will be honoring this unsung genius and the first self-proclaimed high school band director in Memphis City Schools History in a one year celebration in “The City Of Good Abode” starting in 2012 which will mark the 110th Anniversary of his birth and 65 years since his untimely passing.
We will have art exhibits, symposiums, workshops, parties, plays, battle of the bands and music concerts among many other things to give this man the greatest tribute from the city that helped manifest his show biz dream of an exceptional swing band composed of his best high school students and college buddies and a city he loved so much that he saw fit to be buried in it. We are also in the process of creating a scholarship fund for deserving students who are interested in continuing the living legacy of Jimmie Lunceford through pursuing excellence in music and music education… Please feel free to join us in raising the funds, awareness and enthusiasm for this amazing man and his timeless achievements.
Right now the City of Memphis is in dire need of an image makeover and what better way to give the city a facelift and self esteem boost than by giving it a truth serum of its own powerful and majestic history?
Our goal @ The JLJF is to make every single Memphian proud of our city’s heritage and true place in music history by encouraging music education and development for every school aged child at every school in the city. We also want to reestablish Memphis rightful place as a jazz mecca on par with other celebrated music cities such as New Orleans, Chicago and New York.
The JLJF represents a viable opportunity to build both true education and economic sustainability in a city that is not only the commercial hub of the nation but also arguably represents the cultural epicenter of the nation’s cultural heritage. What other city can lay claim to the following:
1.)Giving birth to the modern phenomenon known as the supermarket (Clarence Saunders’ Piggly Wiggly opened @ 79 Jefferson in Memphis in 1916).
2.)Tennessee Williams, one of the greatest America playwrights, premiered his first play "Cairo, Shanghai, Bombay!" in the Bluff City @ The Garden Players community theater in 1935. Regarding this production, Williams wrote, "The laughter ... enchanted me. Then and there the theatre and I found each other for better and for worse. I know it's the only thing that saved my life."
3.) 20th Century Literary Giant Richard Wright spent his childhood in North Memphis in New Chicago.
4.)A man named Elvis who also lived in North Memphis made his music debut @ Sun Records and eventually had the world all shook up.
5.)The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, made her stage entry into the world she would rule with soul in South Memphis….
6.)The first All-Black cast and Oscar nominated Hollywood movie, “Hallelujah!”, was filmed not far from what is now present day LeMoyne Owen College.
7.) Louis Lettes, a Beale Street tailor, is credited with the creation of the zoot suit.
And Without Further Ado Here Are The New Docs Celebrating The Genius Of Jimmie Lunceford Created By W.E. A.L.L. B.E. TV:
A Sophisticated Lady Remembers The King Of Sonic Swing, Jimmie Lunceford, A Conversation With Sis. Katheryn Perry Thomas
"Writing About Jimmie Lunceford Is His Business: An Interview With Jazzophile & Pioneering Lunceford Biographer Eddy Determeyer"
(Bro. Eddy Determeyer is on the left)
Bro. Eddy Determeyer is a native of the Netherlands and a pioneer in jazz scholarship...He wrote the first definitive biography about the life, career and legacy of Jimmie Lunceford, "Rhythm Is Our Business."
He is a 2007 Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Awardee for his exceptional contributions to music and music education.
"Writing About Jimmie Lunceford Is His Business:
An Interview With Jazzophile & Pioneering Lunceford
Biographer Eddy Determeyer"
"Remembering Jimmie Lunceford, The Master Teacher Of Swing: An Interview With Jazz Great & Lunceford Orchestra Alum Gerald Wilson"
Jazz great Gerald Wilson was born Sept. 4, 1918 in Shelby, Ms. Wilson went to Manassas School several years after Jimmie Lunceford left but finished up at Cass Tech High School in Detroit, Michigan. He joined the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra at age 19 in 1939. He wrote the swing jazz standards “Hi Spook” & “Yard Dog Mazurka” for the Lunceford Orchestra. He was also featured with the Lunceford Orchestra in the popular era movie, “Blues In The Night” in 1941.
At 92, He still teaches at UCLA (at one point he taught arguably the largest jazz history class in the world) and won a Teacher Of The Year Award in 2006!!! Mr. Wilson still leads his own very successful big band which also features Lunceford Alum Snooky Young...He wrote the 50th Anniversary theme song for The Monterrey Jazz Festival and the 30th Anniversary theme song the Detroit Jazz Festival, the largest free jazz festival in the country...
Gerald Wilson is also a 2007 Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Awardee for his great contributions to music and music education...
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Sis. Katheryn Perry Thomas Taught English & Spanish In The Memphis City Schools For Almost 50 Years. A Proud Manassas High School Graduate ('32) & Classical Pianist, She Was The Last Living Memphian To Have Been Taught By Jimmie Lunceford @ Manassas High School.
This Interview Was Conducted Oct. 18, 2007.
Sis. Katheryn Perry Thomas was also a 2007 Jimmie Lunceford Legacy Awardee for excellence in music and music education.
Influential Memphis Educator And Last Living Memphian To Have Played With Jazz Great Jimmie Lunceford Dies...