Thursday, April 5, 2018

International Jazz Day at PGM

Celebrate International Jazz Day at Pueblo Grande Museum with a weekend of events dedicated to Native American jazz!

April 27 - noon to 1 p.m.

Did you know that Arizona produced one of the most celebrated and talented jazz musicians of the twentieth century? Celebrate International Jazz Day at Pueblo Grande Museum with a special presentation on Pima Jazz– The Life and Musical Legacy of Russell ‘Big Chief’ Moore by J. Andrew Darling.

Discover the fascinating career of the late Russell ‘Big Chief’ Moore, an influential jazz trombonist and Gila River Indian Community member. Moore’s career includes performances with Lionel Hampton, Papa Celestin, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday. Andrew Darling traces Moore’s journey from Gila Crossing to playing with Territorial bands in the Jim Crow South, Big Band's in Los Angeles, New York, and Kansas City and the Louis Armstrong All-Stars throughout the USA,Europe, and Asia. Darling will share unpublished images, videos, and sound clips of this important O’odham jazz musician and activist for Native Americans in the popular arts.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics,and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

April 29 - 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy a special presentation by R. Carlos Nakai and Will Clipman on Sunday, April 29 at
6:30 p.m. at Pueblo Grande Museum. In a special one-hour event, Nakai and Clipman will perform music from their Grammy-nominated album, Awakening the Fire.

The soothing tones of the Native American flute and the rhythms of pan-global drums and percussion will create a sonic odyssey that awakens energy and inspires harmony. Experience the magic of traditional flute and ethnic drums as their sound reverberates off a thousand-year old Hohokam platform mound in an outdoor, twilight concert on the patio of the Museum.

After the presentation, guests can meet the artists, take pictures with them, and purchase merchandise. Guests can also enjoy light refreshments provided by Julie's Catering. Advanced tickets are $15 plus fees available online only, or $20 the day of, available in the Museum Store only. NO REFUNDS

This "Meet the Artist" presentation, part of a Fall and Spring concert series, was made possible by the collaborative efforts of Canyon Records, a local independent record label, and the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary. This partnership is a continuation of the recent One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records exhibition of photography, music and concerts from the artists of Canyon Records.

Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary, a 501(c)3 charitable organization which supports the education, preservation, and interpretive mission of the Museum.

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