[JPL] Long Live the King: Thought this might be of national interest

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Sun Mar 18 18:17:22 EDT 2007


Celebrating the Memory of Late Jazz Pioneer Joe "King" Oliver
 
March 16, 2007 (Savannah, Georgia) -  On "Saturday, March 24 at 3 p.m."  the Friends of King Oliver, Friends of African American Arts and Savannah Music Festival honor the legacy of jazz pioneer Joe "King" Oliver at 514 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque. 

Wynton Marsalis, who will be in town for his Savannah debut with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Savannah Music Festival, is scheduled to make an appearance to say a few words about Oliver. 
 
Joe Oliver, one of the most important figures in early Jazz, spent the final years of his life in Savannah. He was the mentor and teacher of Louis Armstrong, who idolized him and called him "Papa Joe." Oliver led one of the best and most important bands in early jazz, King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band. Oliver was the inventor of the Harmon mute and famous for using mutes derbies, bottles and cups to alter the sound of his cornet. The group's 1923 sessions were a milestone in Jazz, introducing the playing of Louis Armstrong to the world and featuring one the first recorded "solo" in jazz, Oliver's famous "Dippermouth Blues" from 1923. The site of the plaque installation is very near where Oliver lived and worked while in Savannah.
 
Brief remarks will also be made by Dr. Julius "Boo" Hornstein and Dr. Walter Evans. This event is free and open to the public. On Sunday, March 25 at 11 a.m., Hornstein presents a lecture titled "The King in Exile,"  an accounting of King Oliver's last days in Savannah, at the Neises Auditorium in the Jepson Center for the Arts.
 
Both events are free to the public.  For more information email:  hornsteindrb at aol.com. 


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