African American Music Heritage Institute (AAMHI)

 

The UofL School of Music will sponsor the twenty-seventh annual African American Music Heritage Institute (AAMHI) on February 6-7, 2022 on the Belknap campus of the university. This celebration of the history of the music of African Americans will feature concerts, clinics, lectures, and workshops for Kentuckiana elementary and secondary school students, University of Louisville students, and the general public.  This year’s theme is “The Gospel According to Mahalia Jackson: Yes Mahalia” The Institute will feature vocalist Tammy McCann. McCann was named Chicagoan of the year in jazz in 2020, and as noted by Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene: “There are many fine Jazz singers on the scene today, but few are on Tammy McCann’s Level.”

On Sunday evening, February 6th, there will be a public performance by McCann, performing selections popularized by the great Gospel artist Mahalia Jackson at 7:30 pm in the Comstock Concert Hall at the School of Music.  She will be accompanied by a big band featuring U of L faculty and students as well as community members. The admission for this performance will be $15.00 general admission/$10.00 for students.   U of L students will be admitted free with their valid student ID.  Tickets may be reserved by calling (502) 852-6907, or they may be purchased at the door. University COVID protocols will be in force for all Institute events.

There will also be a masterclass for jazz students at 1:00 PM and a vocal masterclass at 3:00 PM. The public is invited to attend the masterclasses for which there is no charge.

"Alumni of Color Panel" Monday evening, February 7th at 7:00 PM, room 267, that will feature a panel discussion with U of L African American Alumni regarding the role of African American music in the collegiate curriculum and the experiences of African American students in higher education. The discussion will be led by Dr. Teresa Reed, Dean of the U of L School of Music.

This event is a part of U of L's celebration of diversity and recognizes the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history.  The African American Music Heritage Institute is being made possible through the generous support of numerous community and University organizations including the U of L School of Music, Owen and Eleanor Hardy, James and Teresa Reed, Audwin and Rae Helton, and an anonymous benefactor.  

Events 

Sunday Feb. 6

Concert featuring Tammy McCann
Feb 6, 7:30pm, Comstock Concert Hall. Public performance by Tammy McCann, performing selections popularized by the great Gospel artist Mahalia Jackson.  $15.00 general admission/$10.00 for students.  UofL students free with their valid student ID.  Tickets may be reserved at (502) 852-6907, or purchased at the door. University COVID protocols will be in force for all Institute events.

Monday Feb. 7

Masterclass. 

  • 1pm for Jazz master class, Comstock Hall
  • 3pm for vocal master class, Comstock Hall

The public is invited to attend the masterclasses for which there is no charge.

Alumni of Color Panel discussion.

Feb 7, 7pm, Room 267.  Discussion with U of L African American Alumni regarding the role of African American music in the collegiate curriculum and the experiences of African American students in higher education. The discussion will be led by Dr. Teresa Reed, Dean of the U of L School of Music.

 

Tammy McCann’s Bio

 Tammy McCann is an internationally recognized Jazz Vocalist and is currently Artist in Residence for the Music Institute of Chicago.  Her powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging Classical vocal technique and Gospel esthetic with Jazz to create a sound that is completely her own. Chicago Tribune’s Arts Critic, Howard Reich says McCann has, “A voice that soars in all registers, at all tempos, on all occasions... a voice that inspires wonder!”

 Alyce Claerbaut, President of Strayhorn Songs Publishing, Inc. and mentor to McCann says, “Tammy is a star with a one of a kind voice.”

Tammy is a story teller who draws emotion from and makes connections with here audiences world- wide.  Her warm delivery allows her audience to go on the musical journey with her and her engaging personality imprints the memory of her performance on their hearts.   Inside Jazz Magazine Music Critic, Nora McCarthy says “She came bearing natural gifts and with raw talent in hand, she stepped up to the mic and into the hearts of everyone in the room.”

As an educator, Tammy believes singing is a part of every human community; bringing us together and helping us to interact with one another. There is a pedagogy to Jazz vocal instruction which requires an approach that can combine the "classroom and the bandstand" in a seamless way.   Her teaching style meets the vocal student where they are and all instruction has a classical foundation with a focus on Jazz.  All lessons help to develop a natural technique and allow the student to progress at their own pace. Through which the students gain the confidence they need to audition and perform.

Tammy McCann has performed with such luminaries Chicago’s own Ramsey Lewis & NEA Jazz Master Von Freeman, John Clayton, Branford Marsalis, Joe Locke, Charles McPherson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Carmen Bradford and toured as a ‘Raelette’ with the great Ray Charles.

 McCann has thrilled audiences in festivals and clubs world- wide from Bangkok, Thailand to the Harrods Atticus in Greece. As well as the nation’s premier concert and Jazz venues, Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, The Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Chicago's own Jazz Showcase.

Cultural & Jazz Critic Stanley Crouch says, “Her pitch is superb…clear on the top and startling at the bottom, while all of the steps in between are polished with swing. "

Her shows are not to be missed.

 

Alumni of Color Panel discussion

PATRICIA M. EDISON

 Patricia Edison is a high school ECE Social Studies Teacher for JCPS at Minor Daniels Academy.  During her first year of teaching at Minor Daniels, as a substitute teacher, she was recognized as 2016/17 “Teacher of the Year.” Patricia earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from U of L School of Music and a minor in Communication, in 2015.  When she arrived on campus, some students asked her what they should call her.  She told them, “My grandchildren call me Mamaw”.   The students asked if they could call her Mamaw, she said, “yes, I would love that!” Mamaw was recipient of the “2015 Inspirational Graduate Award”. Patricia is a member of the U of L School of Music Alumni Board of Directors.  She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Learning Behavior Disorders at Georgetown College.


LINDA PULLEY

Ms. Linda Pulley is currently serving her sixteenth year as a band director in Jefferson County Public Schools (Iroquois High School, 2005-2020 and Noe Middle School, 2020-present) in Louisville, Kentucky. Ms. Pulley received her Bachelor of Music (2003) and Master in the Art of Teaching in Music Education (2005) degrees from the University of Louisville (UofL). She is an alumnus of Union County High School (UCHS) in Morganfield, Kentucky, Class of 1999.

Ms. Pulley’s current responsibilities include guiding and mentoring in the performing arts of concert band and jazz band at Noe Middle School. In addition to her work in JCPS, she molded future musicians by teaching the 5th grade band at Cane Run and Auburndale Elementary and was a band team teaching associate at Noe Middle School, Olmsted Academy North, and Olmsted Academy South. Ms. Pulley’s band programs have performed many community exhibitions and consistently receive distinguished ratings at events in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. One of Ms. Pulley’s greatest accomplishments is being a recipient of the 2011 Grammy Signature School Enterprise Award with the Iroquois High School Band.

Professional affiliations include KMEA/National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), Tri-M Music Society, Delta Omicron Fraternity Inc., and Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity. She has been a staff member with the Kentucky Ambassadors of Music European tour since 2010; is active adjudicator, honor band conductor, and private instructor (clarinet); and performs regularly with the award-winning concert bands Louisville Concert Band/Chamber Winds Louisville and Louisville Winds. Ms. Pulley resides in Louisville, KY with her rescue dog, Ms. Roadie.

  

David Clark

Dave Clark, a Yanagisawa Saxophone Artist, has been teaching at Bellarmine University since 2001 and currently serves as the Director of Jazz Studies.  Dave earned a Bachelor of Music in music education and a Master of Music in jazz performance from the University of Louisville and currently is a doctoral student at Bellarmine’s Annsley-Frazier Thornton School of Education.  Dave’s research interests center around African American music as a conduit for teaching and understanding social justice issues in higher education contexts.  Dave's teaching duties include the following courses: Jazz History, Music in American Popular Culture, Pop Music and Human Rights, Jazz Harmony and Arranging, Applied Saxophone, Jazz Improvisation, Nouveau Gumbo Ensemble, Funk Ensemble and Jazz Combos.

Dave has performed with such diverse artists as Benny Golson, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Stanley Turrentine, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Harry Pickens, Nancy Wilson, Miles Griffith, the Louisville Orchestra, the Dells, Keke Wyatt, Don Braden and Delfeayo Marsalis. He has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy, as well as the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Montreaux, Switzerland. He also has performed several times at the Jazz Educators Network Conference and as part of a good will tour and educational exchange program in Barbados. Additionally, Dave has performed as a special guest with the Juggernaught Jug Band for a Ted Talk themed Keep It Simple at TedX Indianapolis, as well as for Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.