The 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO

On Saturday, November 6, 2021, Mid Atlantic Arts celebrated the career and contributions of keyboardist, vocalist, and composer Amina Claudine Myers at the virtual 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO.

> View the 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO Virtual Event.
* This link takes you to the Mid Atlantic Arts YouTube Channel.  The Presentation is 53 minutes long.

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Amina Claudine Myers‘ musical career began with piano lessons and quickly progressed to starting her own gospel group and leading church choirs. Ms. Myers studied European concert music at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, where she graduated with a degree in Music Education. The next stop on her musical journey was Chicago where, in addition to teaching music for six years in Chicago’s public school system, she joined the AACM, honing her craft as a composer and performing alongside such visionary artists as Muhal Richard Abrams, Ajaramu, Henry Threadgill, and Kalaparusha. Ms. Myers toured Europe with the Lester Bowie Quintet and The New York Organ Ensemble which evolved into performances in Europe, Africa, Japan, Canada, and the U.S. as a soloist, and with trio, quartet, sextet, and voice choir. She began concerts for the pipe organ in the late eighties and is well-known for her workshops, master classes, seminars, and residencies both in the U.S. and abroad. Two of her larger works include: Interiors, a composition for chamber orchestra conducted by Peter Kotik and performed by S.E.M. Orchestra, produced by the AACM and performed at the NYC Society of Ethical Culture; and the Improvisational Suite for Chorus, Pipe Organ and Chorus, a piece for 16 operatic voices, pipe organ, and two percussionists. Ms. Myers has received numerous awards and accolades, including being inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 2001 and The Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame in 2010. She has eleven CDs under her name and continues to perform regularly.  

Many thanks to our 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO Host Committee:

ROMONA RISCOE BENSON, Director, PECO Corporate & Community Relations, Philadelphia, PA
ANDREA L. CUSTIS, President and CEO, Philadelphia Urban League, Philadelphia, PA
DR. GUY GENERALS, President, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
BILL GOLDERER, President and CEO, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, Philadelphia, PA
E. SCOTT JOHNSON, Senior Counsel, Baker Donelson, Baltimore, MD
LEONADE D. JONES, Mutual Fund Director, American Funds, Washington, DC
CHARISSE R. LILLIE, ESQ., CEO, Charisse R. Lillie Consulting LLC, Philadelphia, PA
DOROTHY P. MCSWEENY, Arts Patron, Washington, DC
ELIZABETH A. MURPHY, Senior Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs PECO, Philadelphia, PA
BERNARD W. SMALLEY, SR., ESQ., Counsel, Raynes and Lawn, Philadelphia, PA
JOHN AND PAT STRICKLAND, Maynard C. Smith Construction, Charleston, WV
GERALD VEASLEY, President, Jazz Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

For more information, please contact Karen Newell at karen@midatlanticarts.org or via telephone at
410.539.6656 x104.

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