Building Rhythm Together for Christ's Love

June 29, 2019

Thinking About Jazz
(free event, light lunch served, door prizes, great discussion)

Lee Morgan:

I Called Him Morgan

Edward Lee Morgan was born in Philadelphia on July 10, 1938, the youngest of four children of Otto Ricardo and Nettie Beatrice Morgan. Originally interested in vibes, he moved to trumpet when, on his 13th birthday, sister Earnestine gave him his first horn.  He was heavily influenced by Clifford Brown with whom he took a few lessons as a teen.  Morgan joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band in 1958 and also worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers during this period.  He first recorded for Blue Note in 1956 and ultimately recorded 25 albums as a leader for that label. He left the Messengers in 1961 to handle a drug habit, returning to New York in 1963 recording The Sidewinder, his greatest commercial success. The crossover success of this album in a rapidly changing pop music market inspired Blue Note to encourage all its artists to emulate it’s “boogaloo” beat.  As the 60’s progressed he became prolific, recording an additional 20 albums as a leader while also collaborating with other artists.  In the last two years of his life he became more politically involved as a leader of the “Jazz and People’s Movement” which protested talk and variety shows in 1970-71 for the lack of jazz musicians as guest performers and members of the programs’ bands.  Morgan was killed in the early hours of 2/19/972 at Slugs’ Saloon, an East Village jazz club during an altercation with his wife, Helen. Though the wound was not fatal he bled to death while the ambulance made its way through a heavy snowfall.  In 2016 a Swedish filmmaker released an award-winning documentary, I Called Him Morgan, praised as “a delicate human drama about love, ambition and the glories of music.”  Rusty Hassan brings this provocative presentation.


Other 2019 TAJ Events

February 23th
Jamil Nasser:  Upright Bass

April 27th
Billy Eckstine:  Mr. B

 June 29th
Lee Morgan:  I Called Him Morgan

August 24th
Jelly Roll Morton:  Jazz’s First Arranger

October 26th
Oscar Peterson:  The Will to Swing

December 4th

Mary Lou Williams:  1st Lady of Jazz Keyboard

Thinking About Jazz is a public service brought to you by Southwest Renaissance Development Corporation (SRDC)--a cultural ministry arm of Westminster DC. 

This free educational experience happens every other month from 1-3pm  on the 4th Saturday (except December).  Each one focuses on a different giant or genre of jazz and features vintage video footage and select audio recordings delivered by experts in the subject matter.

The material along with Q & A allows participants to go deeper into the history, stories and power of the art form and those who have created it.

Light refreshments are served and door prizes are given.

  • Rev. Brian Hamilton, President
  • Lloyd Jordan, Chair
  • Dick Smith, Jazz Night Program Director

Marilyn Abraham, James Besley, Yolanda R. Coleman, Vyllorya Evans, Gwen Fleming, Wilma Goldstein, Sue K. Gresham, Blanche Hamilton, Alicia Hetzner, Donald Roe, Tangela Roe, Brenda Wilder, Von Deleah Williams
The Thinking About Jazz Committee
holds a planning meeting the last Saturday of January, March, May, July, Sept, Nov, 10am to noon at Westminster.  You are invited to join this committee!  Check the calendar for the next meeting.  You will enjoy your welcome to the committee and the opportunity to be part of planning another great Thinking About Jazz event.