Born: February 29, 1956
MYERS KEEPS JAZZ ALIVE IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
Belzoni, Mississippi) - As the Artistic Director of the Mississippi Jazz & Heritage Program, minister, physician and jazz musician, Rev. Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., works to keep Mississippi's rich jazz legacy alive in the Mississippi Delta. Best known as the home of the blues, the Belzoni physician and accomplished jazz trumpeter and pianist, with medical clinics throughout the Mississippi Delta, continues to make jazz a household name in the delta.
The Mississippi Delta has rich jazz legacy, states Dr. Myers. One of the greatest jazz pianist in the world, Mulgrew Miller, was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and one of the greatest jazz composers since Duke Ellington, Gerald Wilson, was born in Shaw, Mississippi. Other legendary jazz artist from Mississippi include Milt Hinton, the father of the modern jazz bass, who was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, while Lester Prez Young, the father of the modern jazz saxophone, was born in Woodville, Mississippi, continues Myers. Now that Mississippi is my home, keeping that tradition alive while performing throughout the area is quite an honor....
AwardsJazz Educators Award, For Outstanding Service to Jazz Education - International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) - 1996 & 1997 Outstanding Acheivement Award, Black Jazz Music Caucus - International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) - 1992
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