Press Release KANSAS CITY MEMORIAL JUNETEENTH JAZZ & HERITAGE CONCERT & RECEPTION


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (1/24/13)

Contact: Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman
             National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF)
             662-392-2016    662-247-1471
             e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com
             web site: www.JazzMissouri.com
             web site: www.JuneteenthJazz.com

             John Thompson, Executive Producer
             National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP)
             Juneteenth America, Inc.
             909-621-9707
             e-mail: johnharold@juneteenthamerica.us
             web sites: www.JuneteenthJazz.com     www.JuneteenthAmerica.us

             Pam Johnson
             Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz
             816-810-9233
             e-mail: samanpam@earthlink.net
             web sites: www.elderstatesmankcjazz.org


Juneteenth Jazz


Horn In The Corn
Rev. Ronald V. Myers Sr., M.D.


6th Annual Kansas City Memorial Juneteenth Jazz
& Heritage Concert


June Is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month
Awards Reception


(Kansas City, Missouri) - Kansas City's rich black jazz legacy will be again be celebrated during the 6th Annual Kansas City Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Heritage Concert and Junteenth Jazz Legacy Awards Reception. Hosted by the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz, the celebration will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at The Jukehouse, 1700 East 18th Street, starting at 2:00pm.

The annual event is sponsored by the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAJJP) and is part of the celebration of June is Juneteenth African American Jazz Legacy Month. A Juneteenth Jazz Legacy Jazz Awards (JJLA) Reception will include the presentation of the prestiious 2013 Juneteenth Jazz Masters Award.

Juneteenth is officially recognized as a state holiday observance in Missouri, joining a total of 41 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Congress in the recognition of America's 2nd Independence Day.

Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. Texas was the last state in rebellion to allow slavery following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.

The concert is in honor of the late Horace Peterson, Founder of the historic first Kansas City Juneteenth Festival that took place in the early 1980's in the 18th and Vine District. The placement of a historic marker in the 18th and Vine District to commemorate Kansas City's first Juneteenth Celebration is one of the goals of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation and Juneteenth America, Inc.

"Kansas City has a rich jazz and Juneteenth historic legacy that has influenced our "Modern Juneteenth Movement" and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign," states Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder & Chairman of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation (NJOF) and the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign. "The preservation of that legacy through memorializing the ground breaking work of Horace Peterson is why the annual Kansas City Memorial Juneteenth Jazz & Arts Festival will be taking place every year. Horace inluenced several key grass roots Juneteenth leaders from throughout America to start Juneteenth Festivals."

The concert also features National Juneteenth Jazz Artist, Ron Myers, on piano and trumpet. Myers has performed and recorded in Kansas City with the late native legendary jazz drummer "Delightful Dee" Al Bartee.

"As a native of Kansas City, where I grew up and worked closely with Horace Peterson, I'm excited about what we are doing to preserve our great black jazz legacy through Juneteenth," states John Thompson, Executive Producer and Founder of Juneteenth America, Inc. "Along with the annual jazz festival, we are planning to build upon the foundation laid down by Horace for future generations. Horace was a tremendous influence on my successful legislative efforts to establish Juneteenth as an official State Holiday Observance in California."

Information about the concert and reception can be found at www.JazzMissouri.com or www.JuneteenthJazz.com. Also contact Pam Johnson at 816-810-9233, e-mail: samanpam@earthlink.net; John Thompson at 909-621-9707, e-mail: johnharold@juneteenthamerica.us or Dr. Ron Myers at 662-392-2016, e-mail: JuneteenthDOC@yahoo.com.

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