Maurice White's (founder of Earth, Wind and Fire) 75th Birthday Celebration
Come celebrate the 75th birthday of Memphis native and founder of Earth, Wind and Fire, Maurice White, who would have turned 75 on Dec. 19th this year. This is a family event featuring the African Jazz Ensemble performing the extraordinary music of EW&F. The event will be held in the gymnasium at Knowledge Quest (990 College Park Drive) located in Maurice White's childhood neighborhood Lemoyne Gardens.
African Jazz Ensemble is a 10-piece band made up of some of Memphis' finest musicians. The core of the band began in the early 70s as the soul group the Exotic Movement, and later changed their name to Galaxy. They've played together for over 40 years, and members have toured the world with Michael Jackson, Al Green, BB King, Eric Clapton, the Dells, Luther Allison, and Rufus and Carla Thomas. They formed the African Jazz Ensemble as a way to incorporate African infuences into more traditional jazz, soul and R&B.
DJ Jazzy J will be spinning not only EW&F tunes but songs produced by Mr. White and from his pre EW&F days as a session drummer in Chicago.
Tix are $5 for adults at the door and children/teens under 17 are FREE.
All proceeds will help benefit Knowledge Quest.