America's Music - Tuxedo Junction: Alabama Contributes to American Jazz
September 12, 2013
For almost thirty years Tuxedo Junction’s strip served as the social and entertainment mecca for African-Americans in the Birmingham area. In 1930, Erskine Hawkins, Birmingham native and renowned trumpet player and big band leader, wrote the song “Tuxedo Junction,” which celebrated and eventually immortalized his childhood community. Karen Utz, Curator at Sloss Furnaces, will discuss the influence of Tuxedo Junction on the jazz music genre. Jazz pieces performed by the Alabama great will be played throughout the presentation.
Celebrate America’s music! America's Music is a series of public programs created by the Tribeca Film Institute™ in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in consultation with the Society for American Music. The programs feature documentary screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th century American popular music. The sessions will focus on uniquely American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock 'n' roll, and mambo and hip hop.