Renowned vocalist Kenneth Glover will be one of the five music legends saluted during the 95th annual convention of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., (NANM), opening on Sunday, July 20, and continuing through Thursday, July 24, at the Doubletree Hotel Los Angeles Westside, 6161 Centinela Avenue in Culver City.
At the Gala Awards Banquet on July 23, at 7:30 p.m., Glover’s 60-year career will recognized. The other honorees are the Rev. Dr. Leon E. Fanniel, an accompanist for Mahalia Jackson; Bellflower Symphony conductor, Joseph Taylor; and Musicians in Action founders, Jacqueline and Gerald Malone.
“Many notable musicians from all across the country will attend this uplifting, music-filled and informative convention. This event encompasses and includes many genres such as Negro Spirituals, hymns, gospel, jazz and R&B,” said Arvis Jones, NANM Western Region Director.
“The theme, ‘Lights, Music, Action: Spotlight on the Next Generation,’ was chosen to reflect the Hollywood location of the convention,” said Byron J. Smith, NANM President.
The Mass Meeting Opening is on Sunday, at 3 p.m., at Grant A.M.E. Church, 10435 South Central Avenue in Los Angeles. There will be a tribute to the late Dr. Don Lee White, a past national first vice president known for his work and commitment to the organization’s purpose.
At the gala concert on Monday, at 7:30 p.m., the Inner-City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles, founded and directed by Charles Dickerson, will be featured with actors Keith David and LaVan Davis at Wilshire United Methodist Church, 4350 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Rev. Sam B. Kim is the pastor of the English ministry.
The Life Member’s Jazz Luncheon is on Tuesday, at 12 p.m., at the hotel. Karen Bankhead will emcee and perform as Ms. Etta Mae Mumphries and a jazz ensemble of local youth scholarship winners will be featured. Also on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., a tribute concert recognizing the history of NANM presidents will be held at the hotel.
On Monday at noon, Dr. Albert Mc Neil, founder of the first branch on the West Coast, the Georgia Laster Branch, will facilitate a round table discussion on the future of NANM. He will also participate in the Tuesday Life Member’s Luncheon.
“The spotlight on the next generation reflects not just young people, but the next 100 years of the organization,” Smith said. NANM includes a Youth Division (ages 13 and under), a Junior Division (13 through high school) and a Collegiate Division.
Founded in Chicago in 1919, NANM is the country’s oldest organization dedicated to the preservation, encouragement and advocacy of all genres of African American music. NANM also provides scholarships to talented young musicians throughout the country. There are four branches in the Western Region.
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