Wynonna To Appear at Summer Symphony with the MSO

Wynonna To Appear at Summer Symphony with the MSO

wynonna to appear

at Summer Symphony with the MSO

by Sherry May and Alden Zuck

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Summer Symphony at the Live Garden is pleased to announce Wynonna performing with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Robert Moody.  Sponsored by Gossett-Audi and set for Saturday, May 26, this is the 3rd Annual Summer Symphony.

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 33-year career. Once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline,” this iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, including 5 Grammys.

We are thrilled to have Wynonna join us this year for our annual Memorial Day show. This is a great addition to an already exciting performance scheduled with the 60-piece Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Robert Moody.

Sherry May

Co-Director

The Memorial Day weekend concert presents the perfect opportunity for friends and family to sit underneath the stars and listen to Wynonna and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra while surrounded by the beautiful landscape at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Guests are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lawn chairs and coolers for food and beverages to make their experience that much better.  They are also urged to stay for the firework finale.

Summer Symphony is sponsored by Gossett Audi, Radians, Sedgwick, International Paper, Mednikow Jewelers, Sullivan Branding, WLFP, and the Commercial Appeal.

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Tickets for Summer Symphony at the Live Garden will go on sale Friday, April 6th at 10 a.m. CST through www.ticketmaster.com or the Memphis Botanic Garden box office. VIP tables, Mednikow VIP Picnic area, TruGreen Lawn adult and children’s lawn tickets all will be on sale.  The VIP tables and the Mednikow Picnic areas will all have access to the VIP Lounge.

For more information, contact 901-576-4107.

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Saint Patrick’s Day in Liverpool, England

Saint Patrick’s Day in Liverpool, England

Saint patricks day

in liverpool, england

by Alden Zuck

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St Patrick’s Day in Liverpool is one of the biggest parties in England, and this year the celebration took place on a Saturday.

For Liverpool, this meant beginning the green even before breakfast!

To begin the day, the Irish community groups hold their annual parade at the former Irish Centre which included dancers, plenty of bagpipes, and everything covered in Green. Everyone in the city is decked out in leprechaun beards, Irish flags, paint, costumes, etc., the crazier the better! This party includes adults, teenagers, kids, dogs, and even the older folks come out on the town to celebrate.

You may be wondering why anyone would stay in Liverpool if you can simply catch a twenty-pound flight over to Ireland. However, the number of Irish pubs and Irish people that live in Liverpool is very surprising, in fact, this city is very historically linked to Ireland and around 75% of the people in Liverpool have some amount of Irish heritage. It makes sense why so many people stay here to celebrate with all the Irish already here! 

On the other hand, if you are a scouser (a scouser is the name for a person from Liverpool) then chances are you were in Anfield Stadium on St Patrick’s Day.

This Stadium is a massive arena for football (AKA soccer) and is always packed full. If you thought people from the States are crazy about American football, come to Liverpool and experience this massive rivalry that is present in everyday life (some bartenders may not serve you if you say you are a Liverpool or Manchester fan).

This is a special place for so many people and if you get the opportunity to visit Liverpool, then going to watch a game is an experience that you must try!

Think outside the box

Thrown under the bus

Reinvent the wheel

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This year, St Patrick’s Day was coated in snowy weather with freezing temperatures and high winds, creating a storm that makes it hard to walk and keep your eyes open. Although, five minutes later it would be sunny, the wind would be gone, and blue skies were out.

This unpredictable weather didn’t stop everyone from coming together, filling the streets, and celebrating the Irish history and heritage inside Liverpool’s City Centre. 

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Lucy Music & Arts Festival 2018

Lucy Music & Arts Festival 2018

Lucy Music & Arts Festival

and the memphis jazz workshop

by Duy Nguyen

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Lucy Music & Arts Festival 2018

This FREE event will take place at Lucy Baptist Church at 4005 Lucy Rd. Millington, TN, 38053.

The details

We are excited to announce our second annual Lucy Music & Arts Festival! Bring the whole family to Lucy on Saturday, May 5, from 11AM-3PM for live music, art, food, games, entertainment, and more! We will have vendors selling food, art, and other home-made crafts. There will be a variety of fun games for children to participate in. We will also be featuring a number of musical acts from various musical styles and genres. You won’t want to miss this great event! 

If you would like to request a vendor table to display/sell your home-made art or craft, drop us a line at contact@lucyfestival.com

Contact our church offices for more information: 901-872-0623

Live Music

Common Man The Band
The Mahannah Band
The Lucy Band

food

Let’s Be Frank (Hot Dogs)
Nana and Pops Foodservice (BBQ)

Arts & Crafts

Just Splurge Bath & Body
Ari’s Designs at the Cluttered Cottage
Harmony Hollow Candles & Bath
Jean’s Ol’ Girl Leather
Uncommon Whimsy
Paper Dragonflies

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A Look Into Steven M. Lee and the Memphis Jazz Workshop

A Look Into Steven M. Lee and the Memphis Jazz Workshop

A look into steven m. lee

and the memphis jazz workshop

by Duy Nguyen and Alden Zuck

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Steven M. Lee is the artist, director, and founder of the Memphis Jazz Workshop.

Steven was born in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Memphis around the age of 1. He graduated Carver High School with the class of 1987 and left to Knoxville to study with ‘the great Donna Brown, who is a phenomenal jazz pianist’.

He left there and moved to Vegas, traveled around Europe, back to Memphis, and then resided in New York in 1996 for roughly ten to twelve years performing around the city. He was also the music director for several musicians and worked with a host of musicians that he ‘had the pleasure and blessing of working with’. He then left in 2009 to move back to Memphis and has been teaching ever since.

Steven talks about his path . . .

“I had no idea I would be teaching for these number of years, but it’s good and I really think of it as a ministry, not a job. I think I was called to help motivate kids and give them the tools they need to be successful. I was blessed to have some band mentors that I can still look up to today and talk to, that experience is what I want to share with these kids.”

Steven has been playing music since he was eight years old and has always had a certain feeling that brings him peace when he is playing that goes back for years.

“I feel right at home when I’m sitting down playing a piece of music, especially improve because it’s more freedom. It’s nothing that planned, you just go for it. You know all the ideas that you’ve practiced and studied for and you put it together and tell a story. It’s the freedom of expression”.

The Memphis Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization committed to cultivate young musicians in the Memphis area by giving them opportunities for learning and performance opportunities with professional local musicians while embracing the legacy of jazz music at Memphis. Memphis has a very rich heritage of jazz music which the world is familiar with but unfortunately the city of Memphis is not. Our goal is to first start a workshop and let the city expand from the workshop, from there we have other things in store for the city which pertains to jazz that will be revealed at a later time.

The motivation for the Creation of the Memphis Jazz Workshop

“If the students aren’t inspiring to become a professional jazz musician, one thing I would like them to leave with is skills they can transfer. One thing we teach the kids is you have to practice a couple hours a day and you have to know what to practice, that’s time management and discipline.”

Steven also describes how when one is learning a difficult piece of music you start out a lot of times thinking there’s no way to learn such a hard piece, but once you get it down it is the feeling of being successful through the music that he also wants the kids to feel.

“The kids who are serious about doing this for a living, they have to understand the importance of practicing and the importance of relationships.”

Steven places the importance on creating relationships because the people that the kids are in the band with now could be looking for a musician in the future. Having this network of musicians through this program is important when pursuing a career as a musician.

Hutchison Music School

The Memphis Jazz Workshop did a collaboration with Hutchison Music School for the whole month of February. “They have a piano lab and the perfect rooms, it was just the perfect spot to do a workshop. It’s a great feeling to work with Tracey Ford at Hutchison, she’s always kind and whatever we needed there was never a problem. We just want to publicly thank Hutchison school for their space and time.”

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Steven M. Lee

“What I have to say to the city is just to support the Memphis Jazz Workshop, not just financially but just come to our concerts, send your kids, and if you know of a child that’s talented and wants to learn more about jazz and music, send them too! We start at age 11-18 and are open to any child from all over the city, we just need kids who are really serious about music and we need your support.”

Come out to support the Memphis Jazz Workshop and watch everybody who has been a part of camp for the winter months perform in front of their friends and family! They haven’t selected a specific place or time yet, but it will be around the third week of April.

PLEASE CHECK THEM OUT AT MEMPHISJAZZWORKSHOP.ORG

Ulysses Owens and the Students

“I’ve been to a lot of jazz music workshops but how Ulysses presented his workshop was perfect”.

When Ulysses came to teach the workshop, he didn’t just come and play for the kids like some people do, but he had each student get up and play as a band as he gave some tough love and critiques, allowing the kids to be engaged the full two hours. The first hour was ensemble playing and learning different techniques and the second hour was based on entrepreneurship. What Ulysses did was not just about playing an instrument he explains how you can make a living as a musician.

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The Real Lesson in Black Panther

The Real Lesson in Black Panther

The real lesson 

in black panther

by Rhonnie Brewer

I have seen Black Panther twice in the last twenty-four hours. In true Marvel fashion, it is an amazing action-filled, superhero extravaganza! Stan Lee makes his traditional cameo.

There are fights scenes that make the audience gasp in surprise and product placement to makes you mentally check your bank balance.

But don’t let the amount of “Black Girl Magic” gracing the screen escape your notice. It is enough to make any black woman beam with pride and march through the lobby of the theater with her head held high, as not to disturb the tilt of her crown.

Yet, the true jewel of this movie is in its message.

The solidarity displayed by the African tribes lends fuel to the idea of black people working together for the overall benefit of our community.

The restraint used throughout the movie by the Wakanda during times of duress, places front and center the contrast in the savage way black people are normally portrayed in film and media. Planting in the minds of our children that they can be the hero, the creator of technology, or even the warrior.

Displaying the fierceness of our women in a way that is celebrated.

Glorifying the melanin in our skin and curve of our hips in a way that audiences yell back at the screen and say, “Yes, my sister, yes!”

My love for the way we are shown as technologically advanced, diplomatic, and self-reliant cannot be measured, and leaves me with unrestrained hope that this Hollywood blockbuster will light a flame.

A flame that will grow to a blazing inferno of unity in the black community. Inspiring us to rebuild with structure, organization and respect for heritage which can lead us to economic stability for our masses that is so badly needed.

Imagine it with me!

Our children with knowledge of science, math, art, and technology creating career paths to the jobs of the future. Stabilization of food resources in the black community. Less policing and more respect in our own neighborhoods, with us working together as “one single tribe”.

If those of us who showed up in record numbers which amounted to record-breaking sales for the Marvel Comic brand made a commitment to show up in the community and do our part, we could change the economic status of our community exponentially.

I am willing to do my part.

Are you?

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Multi-GRAMMY Award winner, Ulysses Owens Jr. Talks of Jazz and Students

Multi-GRAMMY Award winner, Ulysses Owens Jr. Talks of Jazz and Students

Multi-GRAMMY Award Winner, Ulysses Owens Jr., Talks of Jazz and Students

By Justin Flowers and Alden Zuck

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I f you don’t already know Ulysses Owens Jr., then you’re missing out. Ulysses is one of the most sought-after drummers in his generation. A multi-GRANMY Award winning drummer and percussionist that has played with a few of the most successful jazz ensembles in this century. Ulysses studied music and jazz at Julliard and now currently resides in Manhattan, New York.

Ulysses Owens Jr. is coming to Memphis on the 27th of February for a concert at Hutchison school.

This concert benefits the Memphis Jazz Workshop.

Where it all started

Ulysses career began at the early age of two because his mother, who was the choir director at their church, always put Ulysses near the drummer so that she could monitor him and make sure he didn’t get in trouble. One day the drummer got up, and naturally, Ulysses went and started playing. Fast forward to age 6 or 7, the young musician took over playing the drums at his church and started playing for the different choirs and organizations. This moment was when his love really started for the instrument. By the time that he was 14 or 15 years old he has had a lot of experience playing drums for the church in his hometown of Jacksonville and so he then began to play a lot of gigs.

 “There was something about jazz that really kept my attention, and the ability to be really creative in that art form really captured me.”

Ulysses knew that he wanted to move to New York and go to college, so he went to go visit and talk to a great drum educator. He told Ulysses that he was confident but that he sounded too much like a church musician and if he really wants to play this music he has to dive in and study it.

“So, probably when I was 16 years old is when I fell in love with the music, and literally from about the time I was 16 until 25 I always listened to jazz so I really digested a lot of records and dissected a lot of records and that just led me to a whole journey.”

Personal Highlights

“One of my highlights would be having the opportunity to visit places like Japan and share my music for really amazing fans that absolutely love the music and that are not just into the idea of jazz musicians who are famous, but if you have a real talent for the craft and you have a true authentic statement then they love you. I would also say another highlight is having the opportunity to play with my heroes, people like Christian McBride and Wynton Marsalis and all the other jazz masters that I’ve loved and had a chance to work with. Those are probably the biggest highlights.”

Students and jazz

Ulysses believes that students should study jazz because this music is the roots behind anything they listen to, it could not have come to be without jazz. He states that jazz music basically comes from New Orleans, and when the great migration happened it started to spread. Jazz spread into church music, blues, gospel music, rock and roll, hip hop, and then funk. “All of that is on the tree of jazz”

“I think that anybody who wants to take a path into music needs to first study the origins of music. Then they at least have somewhat of an understanding about this music and they can then go from there. If they don’t have that formal music instruction then the level of reach or impact that they can make is going to be very, very limited.”

Even if a student is not wanting to pursue jazz as a career, Ulysses describes how there are still many benefits to studying jazz music. This type of music has a large influence on history, and so studying it through a historical perspective is beneficial in itself. He also mentions how there is an element in jazz that no other music has, and that is improvisation, which is the ability to create on the spot.

“This quality in life is major. Being able to say that life is throwing any sort of challenge my way and that I’m just going to improvise my way through it and find my way is a very key quality that I think everybody needs.”

Ulysses Owens Jr. is coming to Memphis on the 27th of February for a concert at Hutchison school (Click here for more information) and you definitely don’t want to miss out on this performance! You will truly “see someone who really believes in the power of music, especially as it pertains to community.” Ulysses is very big on it not being just about him getting on stage to play some music, but he believes that music has the power to express things that nothing else can. When you come to this concert, you will have the opportunity to not only see a highly skilled musician, but see a man who is truly inspiring.

About the memphis jazz workshop

Under the artistic direction of founder Stephen M. Lee, Memphis Jazz Workshop is a non-profit organization committed to cultivating young musicians by providing learning and performance opportunities with professional artists while embracing Jazz as our regional art form. Memphis Jazz Workshop was formed under the umbrella of LeeJazzOmega, Inc.

Check out their website at memphisjazzworkshop.org/

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