Posted by BassLand on September 08, 2002 at 10:43:20:
Motown Bassist, James Jamerson Featured in Jazz Initiative Events at Avery
The Charleston Jazz Initiative of Avery presents "Return to the Source: Remembering Legendary Bassist, James Jamerson." On September 18 and 19, 2003, the Avery Research Center will present two programs of their recently established jazz initiative that will celebrate the music and career of the late jazz, rhythm and blues, and Motown bassist, James Jamerson. This two-day event will document Jamerson’s career via his Edisto Island/Charleston roots. Though Mr. Jamerson’s career has been commemorated by those in the music industry and from fans around the world, most notably in Europe, there has been no observance of his extraordinary musical life in his native Charleston.
On Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. at Avery, "Conversations in Jazz: James Jamerson" will be moderated by Jack McCray of the Post and Courier and will feature Jamerson musician-historian, Bob Lee and family members including widow, Ann Jamerson; archival donation and exhibit displays of Avery’s James Jamerson Collection; music by Jamerson relatives, the McKnight Brothers and the combined choirs of Jamerson’s home church, First Baptist Church of Edisto Island; and a book signing of "Standing In The Shadows of Motown: The Life And Music of Legendary Bassist, James Jamerson" by Allan Slutsky.
On Friday, September 19 from 6:00-9:30 p.m. (7:00 film screening) at the Sottile Theater at the College of Charleston, Avery and Artisan Entertainment will present the Charleston Premiere of the Grammy-award winning feature-documentary, "Standing In The Shadows of Motown." The film documents the careers of the house musicians behind hundreds of Motown’s hits, The Funk Brothers including Jamerson. The evening will feature a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres; live music by Jamerson cousin and President, South Carolina Chapter, Motown Alumni Association, Anthony McKnight, bassist, Bob Lee and The Black Velvets; Jamerson family members; and special guests from the Detroit and Los Angeles music and film industries.
The Charleston Jazz Initiative of Avery is a multi-year initiative that documents the African American jazz tradition in Charleston, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and its diasporic movement throughout the United States and Europe from the late 19th century through today.
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