Welcome to SmoothAhead® Jazz
I am Linda Morgan aka Ms. Smoothahead Jazz, a Straight Ahead Jazz Legacy Preservationist, a Jazz fan on a National crusade to bring the full awareness of Jazz back into the Inner City Elementary and Junior High Schools. I have found my purpose for being here on this earth, and I am fulfilling my destiny in helping in the much needed area of Protecting the Legacies of Jazz Musicians.
Jazz is known all over the world as America's Art Form, or as HR-57 so eloquently says, Whereas, jazz has achieved preeminence throughout the world as an indigenous American music and art form, bringing to this country and the world a uniquely American musical synthesis and culture through the African-American experience and
1. makes evident to the world an outstanding artistic model of individual expression and democratic cooperation within the creative process, thus fulfilling the highest ideals and aspirations of our Republic,
2. is a unifying force, bridging cultural, religious, ethnic and age differences in our diverse society,
3. is a true music of the people, finding its inspiration in the cultures and most personal experiences of the diverse peoples that constitute our Nation,
4. has evolved into a multifaceted art form which continues to birth and nurture new stylistic idioms and cultural fusions,
5. has had an historic, pervasive and continuing influence on other genres of music both here and abroad, and
6. has become a true international language adopted by musicians around the world as a music best able to express contemporary realities from a personal perspective;
Whereas, this great American musical art form has not yet been properly recognized nor accorded the institutional status commensurate with its value and importance;
Whereas, it is important for the youth of America to recognize and understand jazz as a significant part of their cultural and intellectual heritage;
Whereas, in as much as there exists no effective national infrastructure to support and preserve jazz;
Whereas, documentation and archival support required by such a great art form has yet to be systematically applied to the jazz field; and
Whereas, it is now in the best interest of the national welfare and all of our citizens to preserve and celebrate this unique art form;
Now, therefore be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), that it is the sense of the Congress that jazz is hereby designated as a rare and valuable national American treasure to which we should devote our attention, support and resources to make certain it is preserved, understood and promulgated.
Passed by the House of Representatives September 23, 1987 Passed by the Senate December 4, 1987
With that being said, I have made it my life passion to bring this African American Art form into the lives of inner-city Youths, while educating, entertaining and enlightening them about the Jazz Legends that are still here with us and those gone before us, so that they can understand and treasure this music. Won't you join me?
The Living Legends Jazz series is now in it's 3rd year and we look forward to a great series. We will kick off the series in March, honoring Women's History Month, as we honor and celebrate Ann Mack, Karen Hernandez and Lady G.G. April will honor Jazz Appreciation Month as we celebrate and honor Henry Franklin, Merle Krebich & Al Williams. More updates to come. Check back here for details.