By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor
MUSIC – An international language that lights the world. And for kids, learning music can make such a difference in their lives. Besides the pure joy and entertainment, studying music teaches mathematics, reading, hand/eye coordination, and imparts values like discipline and perseverance. Music teaches peace.
Kids, both rich and poor, benefit from the study of art and music. And, Elvis Rose, aka Aikeke, is dedicated to teaching to developing one of the most important music and art schools in Latin America, the School of Music and Art of Zihuatanejo – Escuela de Musica y Artes de Zihuatanejo (EMAZ). EMAZ is a legally-registered, Mexican, not-for-profit charity organization.
Aikeke, who was born in the Virgin Islands, is a graduate of the prestigious Military School of Music in Virginia. He came to Zihuatanejo from New York where he was a studio musician. He has lived in Zihuatanejo for over 20 years, teaching music and developing his vision of a music school.
Elvis “Aikeke” Rose (center in blue shirt) was recently honored by the Rotary Club for his work of teaching music to the children in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, for over 20 years.
Aikeke and my late husband, Bill (William) Tucker were great friends. Bill, a retired lawyer from Detroit, Michigan, was a music and jazz enthusiast. He played the saxophone. Bill lived with me in Zihuatanejo for 17 years where he hosted a jazz radio show. Many of his shows are still on the Music Page of this publication.
Bill and Aikeke always talked about having an international jazz concert one day. Well, the time has come!
On January 23-28, 2018, the Escuela de Musica y Artes de Zihuatanejo will have its first series of international jazz concerts that will be in memory of Bill Tucker. The children will be accompanied by some world-famous musical artists. All performances will be DINNER SHOWS with donations to benefit the music school charity. Tickets will be on sale at the concert locations.
International Jazz Musicians will participate!
International jazz musicians, Frankie McIntosh, Charlie Dougherty, and David “Happy” Williams will perform with the children from the Zihuatanejo music school. AND, these great musicians have volunteered to help write the study curriculum for the school! WOW!
THANK YOU . . .
Frankie McIntosh – Piano
Since the mid-1970s, McIntosh has arranged over 2,500 songs and led recording sessions with almost every important Calypso artist in the Caribbean. He is a member of the elite pantheon of arrangers, including Ed Watson, Leston Paul, Clive Bradley, and Pelham Goddard, who helped forge the revolutionary Soca style, a genre of Caribbean music that originated within a marginalized subculture in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 1970s. Listen to him play.
Frankie McIntosh & Garvin Blake Sextet – An Evening of Calypso Jazz – Two
Charlie Dougherty – Composer & Arranger
Charlie Dougherty is a bassist, composer/arranger, scholar, and educator in the New York City area. He is a co-founder and co-leader of Big Beat, a big band that blends jazz with soul and R&B music. Charlie’s performance experience is wide-ranging; he has performed at jazz festivals and with modern dance companies, and he has played everything from gospel music to contemporary classical music. Listen. . .
Charlie Dougherty – ‘Weekend at the CB’ @ William Paterson University Master’s Recital, 4.13.13
David “Happy” Williams – Base
David was born in Trinidad. He is the son of John “Buddy” Williams, a highly‑regarded bassist who led his own calypso band. David studied at the London College of Music before moving to New York. He has worked with Donald Byrd & the Blackbyrds, Herb Alpert and Hugh Masekela, among others. One of David’s compositions from it was used in the Eddie Murphy film “Trading Places.” Listen to his story.
Happy’s Story. David”Happy” Williams
Concert donations will benefit the Escuela de Musica y Artes Music School of Zihuatanejo (EMAZ). Aikeke currently conducts classes in his home, but the Mexican government has donated land to the school for a facility to be built in Zihuatanejo. The vision is for it to be the finest music and art school in all of Latin America.
Please join me for these wonderful music events that are for this worthy cause. Tickets will be on sale at the participating venues. For more information about the music school charity, visit www.emazgromex.com
You can read the biographies of these famous jazz musicians.
- Frankie McIntosh: http://www.guardian.co.tt/lifestyle/2015-10-01/soca-legend-mcintosh-gets-sunshine-honour
- Charlie Dougherty: http://www.charliedougherty.com/bio.html
- David “Happy” Williams: http://davidhappywilliams.com/biography.html