UU Church Swings on Feb. 29 with Heritage Revue

Charleston WV's vibrant black music history--and the current talented musicians--will be enjoyed by all at a Charleston Blues Society concert Feb. 29 at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Our blues society has begun collecting this history, which goes back to the Appalachian blues players up the hollers outside of town, but also to the sophisticated 1930s-40s swing bands that played in our city clubs and arenas. WVU Jazz professor Dr. Christopher Wilkinson highlighted the colorful history of these touring bands in a Humanities lecture sponsored by the Charleston Blues Society and the NAACP at WV State U. in April 2007. Bass player Peter "Rabbit" Jones has collected clippings, programs and recordings on musicians for the last 50 years, artist Newman Jackson is collecting more history (church music will be included), and Doris Fields (Lady D) is planning an event to honor the musicians. But first, our Feb. 29 concert features Lady D and the talented swing musicians of the Paris Project Band: Dugan Carter & Marshall Petty on sax, David Lloyd keyboard, Stony Burks on trumpet & flugelhorn, Warren Pope Jr. drums and Darrell Edgerton on bass. Thanks to the UUs and NAACP for making this happen!

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