Mr. Williams and Ms. Mims were honored by the Jacksonville Jazz Society at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony on August 22, 2015. They were presented the awards by JJS President, Mark Marshall.
Briana Mims is a dance performer of Jazz. She attended the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. She is the body language of Jazz and the future of dance that will take Jazz to another level. Briana graduated from the University of Southern California on August 24, 2015 with a Major in Fine Arts – Dance.
Markis Williams, a student of Jacksonville University, transferred on August 23 to the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York. He opened for Gina Saputo at the Ritz Theatre, Downtown Jacksonville, for the Jazz Discovery Series featured by John Lumpkin.
Whatever rules in jazz hadn’t been shattered by Charlie Parker and other bebop artists, Ornette Coleman finished off for good.
Coleman, who died Thursday at age 85, brought to jazz the kind of open-ended, non-narrative approach that Jackson Pollock used in painting and James Joyce in books. In the late 1950s, he originated “free jazz,” challenging the bebop establishment by abandoning the conventional song form and liberating musicians to freely improvise off of the melody rather than the underlying chord changes. Coleman also broke down the barrier between leader and sidemen, giving his band members freedom to solo, interact and develop their ideas.
It is with great pleasure to announce and congratulate our new officers who will lead the JJS for the next two years from November 2014 – November 2016. The following individuals were nominated and voted in to fulfill the following offices:
- President – Mark Marshall
- Vice President – Vimalakshi Archer
- Treasurer – Wesley Sturdivant
- Secretary – Roselind Folk
Please feel free to congratulate the new officers when you have a free moment. All outgoing officers will need to turn over their role appropriately prior to the November meeting. I will send the remaining October meeting minutes this weekend.