Hampton, Va. -- For the past six years, Lessons in Jazz (LIJ) radio hosts Montez "The Whiz" Martin, Kevin "The Moose" Anderson, and Marcel "Big Cel" Canady have educated Hampton Roads listeners through music, history lessons and interviews of famous jazz musicians and hip hop producers who exemplify the essence of the relationship between jazz and hip hop on WHOV 88.1 FM. The World Famous Lessons in Jazz Series (WFLJS) presents the 2nd Annual "Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation" Symposium in celebration of Black Music Month and in conjunction with the Hampton Jazz Festival weekend events, held June 23rd, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. on the historic campus of Hampton University in Ogden Hall.
This year's panelists include hip hop artist and producer Q-Tip, producer Easy Mo Bee (producer of Miles Davis’s famous album, Doo Bop) and jazz musicians Lenny White and Jeff Lorber; Vince Wilburn, the head of the Miles Davis estate; and Todd Pilot joins the panel as a legal expert, an entertainment lawyer at The Trademark Institute Law Firm. The “Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation” Symposium allows jazz musicians and hip hop producers to discuss the intimate relationship between jazz and hip hop music, the tools necessary to sample music, legal ramifications for sampling without permission and the importance of collaborations between the two.
The WFLJS invites jazz and hip hop enthusiasts, aspiring producers and jazz artists to come out, participate and learn from this monumental event. Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets told us in an interview, “I’m excited about what you brothers are doing because you use Jazz as a prism to look at modern music!"
As an additive to this year's symposium WFLJS will give away the organization's first Lifetime Achievement Award to a music pioneer that has influenced the both hip hop and jazz alike. This year's honoree is composer, writer, musician, Hampton city native and Hampton Institute graduate, Weldon Irvine Jr. Irvine was the writer behind the late Nina Simone's "Young, Gifted, and Black.” Stated best by Roy Ayers, “The efforts of Lessons in Jazz to honor the legacy of Weldon Irvine is long overdue, his career represented the perfect bridge for the generation gap that exist,” and this that is why LIJ choose to first pay tribute to this legend who played a vital role in mentoring influential hip hop artists such as Q-Tip, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common, KRS-One and many more. As a continuing annual addition to the "Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation" Symposium, WFLJS will name the Lifetime Achievement Award in Weldon Irvine Jr.'s name.
The “Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation” Symposium will provide an in-depth look into the inner workings of the relationship between jazz musicians and hip hop producers.