[JPL] Jazz Heritage Center Celebrates Grand Opening of Its Media and Education Center

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Wed May 27 23:42:23 EDT 2009


Jazz Heritage Center Celebrates Grand Opening of Its Media and Education 
Center With 'Jazz Ambassadors': A Retrospective Conversation With Jazz 
Legend Randy Weston, Moderated by Jazz Historian Dr. Herb Wong
  
State-of-the-art multimedia room marks completion of phase two of JHC 
expansion
Special reception, discussion and dinner with Randy Weston scheduled on 
June 4

SAN FRANCISCO, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jazz Heritage Center, San 
Francisco's only permanent complex dedicated to jazz history and 
culture, today unveiled details for the highly anticipated grand opening 
of its Media and Education Center, the second phase addition to the 
non-profit, aimed at keeping the rich tradition of Jazz alive in the 
historic Fillmore District. The 39-seat state-of-the-art theater, which 
will host films, presentations and speakers on jazz and other related 
topics, kicks off its programming on June 4 with a special evening of 
festivities featuring legendary pianist and celebrated National 
Endowment for Arts "Jazz Master" Randy Weston.

Acclaimed by critics as "the biggest sound of any jazz pianist since 
Ellington and Monk," Randy Weston will inaugurate the JHC's Media and 
Education Center in a discussion led by noted jazz historian Dr. Herb 
Wong. Weston will share stories and insights from his 14-country 
diplomacy tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department in 1967. The use 
of American jazz greats such as Weston --- along with Louis Armstrong, 
Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and others --- in public 
diplomacy efforts sponsored by the U.S. government is the focus of the 
JHC's current major exhibit, Jam Session: America's Jazz Ambassadors 
Embrace the World. The exhibit, created by the Meridian International 
Center, is currently making its first West Coast showing until June 25, 
daily from Noon - 10pm, in the JHC's Koret Heritage Lobby exhibition 
space outside the entrance to Yoshi's San Francisco Jazz Club and 
Restaurant.

"We couldn't think of a better way to mark this major milestone in the 
Jazz Heritage Center's commitment to the legacy of jazz music for San 
Francisco and America than with Randy Weston, a true jazz legend and 
real-life jazz ambassador," said Peter Fitzsimmons, executive director 
of the Jazz Heritage Center.

Designed to enhance the Jazz Heritage Center's capacity to offer 
dynamic, interactive programs, the Jazz Heritage Center Media and 
Education Center will announce a full program of workshops, seminars, 
film screenings, library and archived exhibitions targeted to jazz 
enthusiasts, musicians, educators, researchers, scholars, film / media 
audiences and community organizations this fall.

Details about Jazz Heritage Center Media and Education Center Grand Opening:

'JAZZ AMBASSADORS': A RETROSPECTIVE CONVERSATION FEATURING PIANIST RANDY 
WESTON, MODERATED BY JAZZ HISTORIAN DR. HERB WONG

Thurs., June 4
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner with Executive Chef Shotaro 'Sho' Kamio at Yoshi's 
Restaurant, a new generation of modern Japanese cuisine. Using only 
fresh, high-quality, seasonal ingredients delicately combined with 
traditional spices, Chef Sho prepares each dish with his culinary 
philosophy: "seasonal, simple, surprise."

7:15 - 8:15 Discussion at the new state-of-art Media and Education 
Center hosted by the legendary jazz critic Dr. Herb Wong. Weston will 
share stories and insights from his 14-country diplomacy tour sponsored 
by the State Department in 1967.

8:30 - 10:00 Reception Enjoy wine provided by Jazz Cellars and mingle 
with Randy Weston, Dr. Wong and other notable jazz locals in the Jazz 
Heritage Center's Lush Life Gallery among historic art chronicling jazz 
history with one of the legends himself.

Cost: Several options are available to for those interested in 
participating in this momentous milestone with Jazz Heritage Center and 
Randy Weston. A Platinum Pass gives participants 'all access' for $250 
and includes dinner, discussion and the reception. Those who wish to 
attend the discussion and reception only, can purchase a Gold Pass for 
$100. For $50 a Silver Pass is also available for those who can only 
attend the reception. Everyone can save 20% off this event by 
registering to become a 'Friends of Jazz' Member. All proceeds raised 
from these events will support community programs of the Non-Profit Jazz 
Heritage Center. More information about the event and 'Friends of Jazz' 
can be found at www.jazzheritagecenter.org.

About the Jazz Heritage Center
The Jazz Heritage Center is a non-profit 501 c 3, located at 1320 
Fillmore Street. The JHC is the only permanent cultural and educational 
complex dedicated to the long history of Jazz in San Francisco and the 
Fillmore District. By showcasing art and historical exhibitions, 
concerts, films and youth programming, the JHC's mission is to preserve 
and promote jazz, an American national treasure, while celebrating its 
presence as an active, living art form in San Francisco and beyond. For 
more information about JHC events, educational programs, membership, and 
sponsorship opportunities for the film screening room, visit 
www.jazzheritagecenter.org, send an email to 
info at jazzheritagecenter.org, or call (415) 255-7745.







 
 
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