Thursday 20th June 2024

The Jazz Foundation of West Tennessee presents: Black Music: A Celebration of African American Music Appreciation Month Saturday, June 22, 2024. The event will be held at The Ned McWherter Cultural Arts Center, located at 314 East Main Street, Jackson, Tennessee, 38301.

In 1979, President Jimmy Carter designated June as Black Music Appreciation Month to celebrate African American musical influences that comprise an essential part of our nation’s treasured cultural heritage. This year The Jazz Foundation of West Tennessee focuses on classical music with The Black Cat Duo and jazz from Steven M. Lee.

Black Cat Duo:  Dylan Griffith is a classically trained, multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer and music educator. With over 20 years of musical experience, Dylan has exercised her commitment to the arts, serving as a music professor and the musical director for the C.A.M.A. program at Tennessee State University . She has studied and performed in Paris, France and Grumo, Italy. She obtained her B.A. at Spelman College, her M.M. in music education at Belmont University and is currently working on her M.M. and D.M.A in piano performance at the Rudy Schiedt School of Music at the University of Memphis. Dylan is an assistant professor of music and collaborative piano at Lane College. Andrea Nicole excels in both jazz vocal and classical piano. In 2023, she embarked on her first jazz tour in the Los Angeles area. She performs extensively across the southern U.S. and is equally adept on the piano whether its gospel, jazz classical or Broadway tunes. Andrea is currently working on her new album in her hometown of Nashville.

Steven M. Lee:  Is the Founder/Artistic and Executive Director of the Memphis Jazz Workshop, a nonprofit that provides music intensives and unparalleled guidance for middle and high school students. He has an undergraduate degree in Jazz Performance from City College University in New York City. A Masters in Education from Freed Hardeman University and has been in the education sector in the city of Memphis since 2010. He has performed with Gregory Porter, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Kirk Whalum, Esperanza Spalding, Warren Wolf and many more. Lee has been nominated for a Stellar Award and a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellowship. He is the recipient of the Rhythm of Gospel Award, WC Handy Award, Jimmie Lunceford Award and most recently the Eddy Award , presented by the Circle of Friends and Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

The Jazz Foundation of West Tennessee, non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, was formed to provide for the study, research, promotion and preservation of jazz and blues music culture unique to Jackson and west Tennessee. The Foundation is committed to the development of the jazz and blues tradition in west Tennessee, and increased public awareness of the existence and value of that tradition.

Flyer courtesy of The Jazz Foundation of West Tennessee