African American Music Heritage Institute (AAMHI)

 

The UofL 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.

On Monday, February 7th, there will be a lecture presentation for area students and their instructors at 10:00 am in the Comstock Concert Hall of the U of L School of Music.  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.

An additional event will take place on Monday evening, February 7th at 7:00 PM 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.

Lecture.

Monday, Feb. 7, 10am, Comstock Hall. 

Panel discussion.

Feb 7, 7pm, Comstock hall.  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.