Thursday, July 24, 2008

BAG's Zimbabwe Nkenya performing with
student musicians this Sunday, July 27

The Black Artists Group has just announced a free event this Sunday, July 27 at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site. From the email notice:
"BAG Presents:

An evening of music by Zimbabwe Nkenya and local high school musicians inspired by the traditions of the original Black Artists Group (BAG). Sunday, July 27th, from 8 – 10 PM at Scott Joplin House State Historic Site, 2658 Delmar Blvd. Free.

The Lemp Neighborhood Association, with support from the Regional Arts Council, offered a series of workshops this summer for high school musicians focusing on the Black Artists Group to enrich their understanding of the heritage of Jazz in St. Louis. Student participants had the opportunity to learn about the composition and performance of original creative music in the tradition of BAG. This Sunday, Zimbabwe Nkenya and the students will share music from those workshops.

The performance will feature compositions by Zimbabwe Nkenya from his CD The New Jazz (available at Vintage Vinyl and at the concert) as well as pieces dedicated to St. Louis trumpeter Bata Rutlin and saxophonist Maurice Malik King."
For more information, call the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site at 314-340-5790 or send an email to

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