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NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis in Huntsville, AL October 18 & 19, 2012

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EDUCATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY, CULTURAL AND ECONOMIC CONNECTION For TVJS, It's All about the youth, the present and the Future!

Anything Positive is Possible! Huntsville’s Tennessee Valley Jazz Society (TVJS) is very proud of the community for supporting NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis on October 18-19, 2012 when he appeared for the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society’s Youth Development fundraiser called “Raising Awareness and Funds”. These programs incorporate: Jazz Education in the Schools; Health Awareness and Life & Golf Skills. While in Huntsville, Ellis Marsalis gave the jazz, educational and cultural community a boost with his presence and engaging persona. Although pianist Ellis Marsalis has garnered countless plaudits for his teaching at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and as chair of the Jazz Studies department at the University of New Orleans he rarely gets critical notice in parts for his pianism. For decades, he has shaped the lives of countless jazz musicians including trumpeters Terence Blanchard and Nicholas Payton, pianist singer Harry Connick Jr., and his own four musical sons. During his career, the 78 year-old pianist's musical associates have included saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, trumpeter Nat Adderley, saxophonist Eddie Harris and trumpeter Al Hirt. He has released several recordings on the CBSSony label, continues to record for his own label Elm Records and remains active as a teacher and performer.

Friday, 7PM, October 19, Jazz Performance at the Cooper House

This night made TVJS very proud of the Huntsville community for supporting NEA Jazz Master Ellis Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis came to support the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society’s Youth Development fundraiser “Raising Awareness and Funds”. At all of the activities that Ellis Marsalis attended and participated in, were full-houses. The Jazz Performance at the Cooper House was special for several reasons including: 

Huntsville’s Mayor Tommy Battle along with numerous dignitaries attended their first TVJS event

The United States Army Materiel Command Band Jazz Project performed a tribute to Ellis Marsalis

Excellent productions all-round from the caterer Ms. Dee Sharp, to the sound technicians, to the staff of the Cooper House

Great show from Ellis along with the Jazz-All-stars including Devere Pride, Bo Berry and Marcus Pope

Several awards were presented including Keys to the City from the Mayor to Ellis Marsalis and Howard Bankhead

TVJS Jazz Spirit awards were presented to Ellis Marsalis and Mrs. Elizabeth Sloan-Ragland

Congratulations to the tickets winners for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival: Nancy Croomes and H. Wade McDonald And to many others to mention!

This brochure will serve as a commentary and pictorial on Ellis Marsalis’s visit to Huntsville. During the Cooper House jazz performance, Dr. Henry Lacey and Mr. Marsalis discussed building a relationship with Huntsville and New Orleans to help with the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society’s jazz studies program. The relationship with Huntsville and New Orleans will enable TVJS to bring in world-class artists and educators from all over the world to Huntsville. The title for this relationship is:

Huntsville & New Orleans Educational, Technology, Cultural and Economic Connection

Quality Education + Quality Cultural Experiences + Economic Impact = Quality of Life

From this connection, we will establish the Tennessee Valley-Huntsville & New Orleans Jazz Institute. A Jazz Studies Program that will include: Jazz Education-is-Cool-in-the-Schools; Jazz for Beginners; Intermediate Jazz classes; Jazz Master-classes.

Potential benefits to Huntsville from the connection include: · World-class educational programs for the youth in Huntsville and the metro area · Concerts, performances and gatherings in downtown Huntsville and other locations with world-class entertainment and cultural experiences · Economic impact with tourism and local generated tax dollars · Success with the previous benefits will ensure an enhanced quality of life for the City. The Tennessee Valley Jazz Society will be the lead agency to forge the connection and be responsible for the projected results from the partnership with Huntsville, New Orleans and other possible entities. TVJS invite the Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley Metro-area to support this initiative.

Fundraiser and Awareness for TVJS to raise funds and document an historical event,

Richard Crimes TVJS’s Multimedia Specialist, has produced a special six package DVD/CD kit from the Ellis Marsalis celebration. Checkout for the trailer. If you would like to purchase the package, please contact the TVJS: or call 256-886-0579 None of the most important things we have to do as a nation; development of young minds and character.


Douglas Turner, Kenneth Gurley, Elizabeth Sloan-Ragland, Richard Crimes, Michael Smith and many others

Local and regional media especially : WJAB 90.9FM, The Hsv Times-AL.COM, WLRH 89.3FM, WAAY TV 31 and others

Friday 1:30PM, October 19

Jazz Education-is-Cool-in-the-School program Dawson Elementary School

In order for parents, families, the educators, community leaders and the community as a whole to know the value of jazz education and the arts, we asked Ellis Marsalis to make a visit to Huntsville. Ellis is dedicated to help the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society grow it’s jazz studies program. Since 1998, approximately 30,000 youth, faculty and staff has benefited from Jazz Education-is-Cool-in-the-School. The children is why Ellis came to Huntsville.

Thursday morning October 18, Ellis Marsalis spoke at a Successful Aging Initiative conference “Aging with GUSTO. The conference was held at Union Hill Church Each day 10,000 people in the United States celebrate a 65th birthday. Alabama is listed among the top ten states with the most elderly residents. Alabama’s total population is approaching 5 million and seniors constitute nearly 660,000 persons or 13% of the state’s total population. A growing generation of elderly adults means a greater demand for policies, programs, and services to meet their needs. Already evident are increased needs for programs that address home care, the law, health, and financial security for America’s senior population. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit has partnered with the state of Alabama’s Bureau of Geriatric Psychiatry to deliver educational and training programs designed to address issues relevant to aging, dementia and associated health, and financial and legal education. These collaborative efforts are called the Successful Aging Initiative (SAI).

Ellis Marsalis message to the 300 plus seniors attendee was to share their knowledge and wisdom with the youth. Fundraiser and Awareness

for TVJS to raise funds and document an historical event. purchase this special six package DVD/CD kit from the Ellis Marsalis celebration.

Thursday 5PM, October 18, Panel Discussion At the IMPROV Entertainment Center.

Friday 11AM, October 19, Ellis Marsalis conducted a Jazz Master Class On the campus of Alabama A&M University. Ellis spoke to the audience about Ellis Marsalis also served on the panel. For the discussion, there were two main topics discussed: 1) finding their own voice and practicing. This was the first time the students has ever the history of jazz, and 2) the future of jazz. At the direction of the moderator, the history of jazz experienced someone of Ellis Marsalis calibre. The students experience from the was approached by the panelists from a personal perspective. Each panelist was asked to talk about master-class is exactly what wanted to achieve. how they came to jazz and a personal experience with jazz that stood out. The future of jazz was approached from a perspective of jazz education and what could be done to expose more to jazz and how to make jazz more accessible to those who want to learn how to play the music. Mr. Marsalis, in particular, had some interesting insights and comments about the education experience and the development of a jazz curriculum. Dr. Tucker also offered some interesting insights into the education process using her program as an example. Panelists Henry C. Lacey is a native of Huntsville, Alabama He serve on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation. Daphne Simpkins an active member of The Alabama Humanities Foundation Speakers Bureau. She also teaches writing as an adjunct for Auburn University Montgomery.

Dr. Leah Tucker, Executive Director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame.

Bobby Hayden is a member of the Huntsville/Madison County Historical Society, member of the Huntsville Bicentennial Committee.

Douglas Turner Douglas is a produces and hosts “Return to the Source” (jazz show) and “A Different Perspective” (public affairs show) for WJAB 90.9FM. public radio station on the campus of Alabama A&M University. Douglas was the moderator.

Dr. Sonnie Wellington Hereford III, is a retired physician and civil rights leader in Huntsville, Alabama


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