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Pima Jazz: The Life and Musical Legacy of Russell ‘Big Chief’ Moore


Did you know thatArizona produced one of the most celebrated and talented jazz musicians of thetwentieth century? Celebrate International Jazz Day at Pueblo Grande Museumwith a special presentation on Pima Jazz– The Life and Musical Legacy of Russell ‘Big Chief’ Moore by J. AndrewDarling.

Discover thefascinating career of the late Russell ‘Big Chief’ Moore, an influential jazztrombonist and Gila River Indian Community member. Moore’s career includesperformances with Lionel Hampton, Papa Celestin, Frank Sinatra, and BillieHoliday. Andrew Darling traces Moore’s journey from Gila Crossing to playingwith Territorial bands in the Jim Crow South, Big Band's in Los Angeles, NewYork, and Kansas City and the Louis Armstrong All-Stars throughout the USA,Europe, and Asia. Darling will share unpublished images, videos, and soundclips of this important O’odham jazz musician and activist for Native Americansin the popular arts.

In November 2011, the United NationsEducational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officiallydesignated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz andits diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. InternationalJazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics,and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz andits roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for interculturaldialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation andcommunication.

This presentation is free and open to the public.