Filed under: Music | Tags: Grace Holden, History, jazz, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, LHPAI, Meet Me At the Savoy
The Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute (LHPAI) has announced the first Seattle’s Harlem Renaissance Award winner, Oscale Grace Holden (b. 1930), an international pianist and voice of jazz and African American music who was born and raised in central Seattle. The award will be presented at the LHPAI Gala Meet Me at the Savoy on Saturday, June 29 by Jacqueline D. Moscou, artistic director, LHPAI. Proceeds from the Gala will support the LHPAI Youth Performing Arts Academy and Summer Musical; tickets are available now at brownpapertickets.
“Ms Holden is a legend. She exemplifies the deep community and artistic roots that are at the heart of what we do,” said LHPAI executive director Royal Alley-Barnes. “We are so proud to count her in our community and pleased to be able to offer this recognition of her long contributions to the Seattle Diaspora community.”
Holden was born to Leala and Oscar Holden in 1930. Oscar Holden (1886-1969) was known as the patriarch of Seattle jazz, and the Holden children, Grace, and her brothers Oscar Jr., Dave, Ron, and Jimmy were all musicians who played in Seattle in the late 1940s and beyond. By 1930, when Grace was born, Oscar Holden was a seasoned, highly successful musician. Born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1886, Holden moved as far away from the South as possible, distancing himself from his past, and the prejudices he felt growing up there.
Grace was influenced by the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Lena Horne and Dinah Washington. She played jazz with young Quincy Jones in Charlie Taylor’s pioneering swing band in the 1940s with her brother Oscar Jr. Performances at Jazz Alley, Club New Orleans, Root’s Picnic, Festival Sundiata, Experience Music Project and Admiral Congregational United Church of Christ have put Grace on the national and international Jazz map. Grace Holden still sings in her church’s gospel choir.
Grace Holden’s family maxim to “never stop learning and never stop trying to learn,” fits particularly well with the mission of LHPAI and LHPAI’s youth and young adult performing artist programs.
The above account of Holden’s life is excerpted from HistoryLink.org; more on Grace Holden here.
Filed under: Film | Tags: Film, film competition, filmmakers, History, MOHAI, museum
The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is currently accepting submissions for their Third Annual History is____ short film competition! The theme of the film is up to you: the filmmaker. Submissions from 2012 included themes like “History is Basketball” and “History is Mystery.” The competition is all about creativity and sharing your view of what history is. Here is MOHAI’s playlist of the 2012 short films for those who are curious.
The Rules and FAQ page has the rules that you need to know in order to craft your film. Submissions are being accepted through March 31!
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: elton john, Elvis Presley, Film, History, led zeppelin, Music, Nightmare on elm street, The Sex Pistols, this week in history, Walt Disney
This week in history for 11/7 – 11/13 in the Film+Music scene…
11/7/1975: Elton John’s Rock of the Westies started a three week run at No. 1 on the US album chart. John released Seven consecutive No. 1 US albums during his career.
11/8/1971: Led Zeppelin released their critically-acclaimed fourth album. No title was printed on the album, so it was generally referred to as Led Zeppelin IV. This album went on to become the third best-selling US album of all time.
11/9/1984: A Nightmare On Elm Street directed by Wes Craven premiered. The film’s budget was only $1.8 million, a sum it pulled in during its first week in theaters.
11/11/1955: Elvis Presley was voted by Billboard Magazine to be the ‘most promising new country & western artist’. The next year, Presley released Heartbreak Hotel, which became an instant No. 1 hit.
11/12/1977: The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. It was their only album to top the charts. Rolling stone rated it #43 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
11/13/1991: Walt Disney Pictures released Beauty and the Beast. The film was a smashing success, earning over $400 million in box office earnings throughout the world. It was the first animated feature to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.