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Jimmie Lunceford Brass Note to Be Dedicated in Beale Street Walk of Fame

July 10, 2009

Jimmie Lunceford, the bandleader who turned the Manassas High School of the late 1920s into a top flight, professional, nationally touring group, will be honored on Sunday, July 19, on Beale Street.  The dedication ceremony will take place at 5:00 pm  in front of Handy Park.

Lunceford assembled and honed a band which became a major force in American popular music of the 1930s and 40s, often held in the high regard afforded to Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson,  and Duke Ellington. Constantly touring across the US, Lunceford often stopped in Memphis and held master classes with local music students.

Lunceford will be the latest Memphis musician honored on the Brass Note Walk of Fame which was instituted by Performa Entertainment Real Estate in 1986. Lunceford’s will be the 75th note installed.

Funds to pay for the casting, engraving, and installation of the note were raised by the Mid-South Jazz Foundation at a concert held at the Memphis Drum Shop in June. The Foundation, working to show the diversity of Memphis musical heritage,  is continuing fundraising efforts to underwrite a second jazz note to be installed in September; that note will honor the Fred Ford – Honeymoon Garner Trio.

The Mid-South Jazz Foundation and Performa are issuing a special invitation to all area jazz and swing musicians to attend the July 19 ceremony which precedes the weekly 6:00 pm big band show by the Memphis Jazz Orchestra at Alfred’s.

For more information, call Performa  at 526-0110.

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