The Great Migration Centennial Tribute To The Musicians Of Captain Walter H. Dyett on July 23


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Before Nat "King" Cole conquered the world, he studied music under Captain Walter H. Dyett. --Howard Reich
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The Great Migration Centennial Tribute
July 23, 2016 • VIP Reception 7-8PM & Concert 8-11PM
DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago

The Great Migration, A “Centennial Tribute"

To the Illustrious career of Captain Walter H. Dyett, a true pioneer and mentor to over 20,000 Chicago musicians. For History’s Sake Productions presents “The Great Migration: A Centennial Tribute to the Musicians of Captain Walter H. Dyett” a musical tribute to one of Chicago’s greatest icons on Saturday, July 23, 2016. The event will take place at the DuSable Museum of African American History 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago. A VIP Reception will be held prior to the concert from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the performance time from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by Richard Steele, Chicago’s very own television and radio personality.

Captain Dyett was a violinist and musical director during his reign at Wendell Phillips and DuSable High Schools in Chicago, who trained more than 20,000 musicians. Many of his students became well-known musical giants in their own right, including Nat King Cole, Eddie Harris, Dorothy Donegan, Gene Ammons, Walter Perkins and Dinah Washington, to name a few. Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton often went to the DuSable High School to recruit band members right out of Captain Dyett’s classroom.

This centennial tribute to Captain Dyett highlights the Second Great Migration movement (1940-1970), which occurred after the Great Depression, at the end of which more than 80 percent of Blacks in the United States lived in urban cities, a movement that brought at least five million people to the north and western states. During this period, Chicago night clubs were enthralled with Black jazz musicians. And, no other town or city had the talents or the spirit to generate jazz like Chicago!

All Tickets and Donations Are Tax Deductible

Proceeds from this event will go to the new Walter H. Dyett High School for the Arts, located in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Dyett High School will be the only open enrollment school for the arts on the South Side of Chicago, which is projected to open in September 2016 with 150 freshmen.

For History’s Sake Productions is pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with The Chicago African American Firefighters Museum. Together we will celebrate and honor the contributions of black firefighters across the nation. This partnership will allow both organizations to pursue their missions with greater intensity, consideration, and connection while celebrating the ongoing legacy and cultural contributions of Chicago’s African American community during the Great Migration.

Contact: Kay McCrimon, For History’s Sake Productions/Chicago African American Firefighters Museum
Phone: (773) 262-3210 x104

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