Heritage House Museum Celebrates With Jazz Event

(Bradenton, Fla., May 9, 2005) - The Family Heritage House Museum will celebrate its 15th anniversary with A Jazz Event to Remember from 2 to 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 22. Free activities include museum tours and music by middle and high school jazz bands. Food by local restaurants will be sold in     booths. Tickets are $10 for A Talent Extravaganza featuring George Nix of Smooth Jazz FM 94.1 radio and an array of local artists, including Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Neel Performing Arts Center, 5840 26th St. West.

Now located on the south side of the library at Manatee Community (MCC) Bradenton, at 60th Avenue and 26th Street West, the collection of African-American memorabilia had its beginnings in a trailer on property belonging to Head Start in Bradenton. Founders Fredi Brown and her late husband, Ernest Brown Jr., spent more than 50 years compiling their historic collection of books, pictures, videos and audiotapes about national, state and local people and events. A grand opening was held for the gallery opening at MCC Bradenton on Sept. 20, 2000.

A Jazz Event to Remember events include:

·Tastes, Tours and Tunes, 2 to 3 p.m., soft jazz, food booths around the outdoor gazebo located near the Student Union, and a tour of the museum that showcases a Great Day in Harlem video and Jazz Links display.

·Jazz Gems: The Next Generation, 3 to 4:30 p.m., music by Southeast High School, Lee Middle School and Booker Middle School jazz bands

·Salute to 15th Anniversary, 4:40 to 5:15 p.m.

·Talent Extravaganza, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., George Nix, Lillette Jenkins-Wisner, Moejo Sound, Gumbo Boogie Band, Jazzy Kids from Rowlett, MCC Jazz Band and the High Notes Band.

A Jazz Event to Remember is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Bright House Networks, 1st National Bank & Trust, Jazz Club of Sarasota, Unity Church in the Woods, MCC, Jazz in the Chapel, Lucinda White and Florida Power & Light.

Tickets for the Talent Extravaganza may be purchased at the Neel Performing Arts Center box office after May 12. For more information, call (941) 752-5319.


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