NAAJLM JAZZ GREATS

NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN JAZZ LEGACY MUSEUM

WELCOME: WHAT IS JAZZ
A type of music of African American origin characterized by improvisation, syncopation and usually a forceful rhythm from the belly of the Slaveship to New Orleans and Congo Square “The Melting Pot of Sound.” NAAJLM welcomes you to the introduction of this special project. Our members have been hard at work trying to bring this project to the public for some time and we hope you will join our efforts, by giving your support, monetary contributions and your time to this momentuous and long overdue extensive museum tribute to those who came before us to give us the legacy of Jazz.
The museum will archive some of the most important Jazz Artists from each state. Through our partnership with the National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters (NAAJLM), the museum will continue to highlight some of the most influential Aftican American Jazz Artist from their Jazz Legacy Home State.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut,
Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas
Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina
North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island
South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah,Vermont,Virginia
Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

The Artistric Director for this museum is accomplished Jazz, Composer, Arranger, Pianist and Trumpeter Dr. Ron V. Myers Sr., M. D.

 

OKLAHOMA BORN JAZZ ARTISTS

BUDDY ANDERSON – OKC. 1919 – TRUMPET/PIANO

CHEL BAKER – YALE 1927 – TRUMPET

AARON BELL – MUSKOGEE 1922 – PIANO/TRUMPET/BASS

ABE BOLAR – OKC. 1909 – BASS

EARL BOSILC – TULSA 1913 – ALTO SAX/ARRANGER

CHARLES BRACKEEN – UNKNOWN 1940 – SAXOPHONE

HAROLD BREEDEN – GUTHRIE 1921 – CLARINET/SAXOPHONE

HENRY BRIDGES – OKC. 1908 – TENOR SAX

DON BYAS – MUSKOGEE 1912 – TENOR SAX

HADLEY CALIMAN – IDABEL 1932 – SAXOPNONE/CLARINET/FLUTE

DON CHERRY – OKC. 1936 – TRUMPET/BAND LEADER

ELMER CRUMBLEY – KINGFISHER 1908 -TROMBONE/VOCALS

TED DONNELLY – OKC. 1912 -TROMBONE

WARDELL GRAY – OKC. 1921 -TENOR SAX

GEORGE JAMES – BEGGS 1906 – SAXOPHONE/CLARINET

LEM C. JOHNSON – OKC. 1909 – SAXOPHONE/CLARINET/VOCALS

CLAUDE JONES – BOLEY 1901 -TROMBONE/VOCALS

JIM KELINER – TULSA 1942 – DRUMS

BARNEY KESSEL – MUSKOGEE 1923 – GUITAR

DON LAMOND – OKC. 1920 – DRUMS

ED LEWIS – EAGLE CITY 1909 -TRUMPET

JOE LIGGINS – GUTHRIE 1915 – PIANO/COMPOSER

CLARENCE LOVE – MUSKOGEE 1908 – ALTO SAX/BAND LEADER

LEA MATHEWS – MCALESTER 1925 – VOCALS

CECIL MCBEE – TULSA 1935 – BASS

HOWARD MCGHEE – TULSA 1918 -TRUMPET/COMPOSER

JAY MCSHANN – MUSKOGEE 1916 – PIANO/VOCALS/BAND LEADER

ROY MILLON – WYNNEWOOD 1907 – VOCALS/DRUMS/BAND LEADER

PAL MORAN – ENID 1934 – PIANO

MARRILYN MOORE – OKC. 1931 – VOCALS

SUNNY MURRAY – UNKNOWN  1937 – DRUMS

OSCAR PETTIFORD – OKMULGEE 1922 – BASS/CELLO/BAND LEADER

SAM RIVERS – EL RENO 1930 – SAXOPHONE

MARSHALL ROYAL – SAPULPA 1912 – ALTO SAX/CLARINET

LAURA RUCKER – UNKNOWN 1908 – PIANO/VOCALS

JIMMY RUSHING – OKC. 1903 – PIANO/VOCALS

MOE SCHNEIDER – BESSIE 1919 – TROMBONE

JOHN SIMMONS – HASKELL 1918 – BASS

HAT SINGER – TULSA 1919 – TENOR SAX

HOWARD SMITH – ARDMORE 1910 – PIANO/ARRANGER

KAY STARR – DOUGHERLY 1922 – VOCALS

JOE THOMAS – MUSKOGEE 1908 – TENOR SAX

WALTER THOMAS – MUSKOGEE 1907 – TENOR SAX/CLARINET

LEE WILEY – FT.GIBSON 1915 – VOCALS

CLAUDE WILLIAMS – MUSKOGEE 1908 – VIOLIN/GUITAR

JOE LEE WILSON – BRISTOW 1935 – VOCALS/COMPOSER

DEMPSEY WRIGHT – CALUMET 1929 – GUITAR

STAN WRIGHTSMAN OKC. 1910 PIANO