Jazz musicians visit the VMT today

As the US winds down Black History month, the Vidal M. Treviño Magnet schools hosts a great lecture on jazz and the influences of African American culture in music. An old friend invited a few folks to come listen with the students during the 10am showing. It was very informative and the music was fabulous. This was his original post:

… the Vidal M. Trevino Magnet School will have a presentation recognizing Black History. VMT will host two very special guest from San Antonio, professional Jazz musicians and educators Cecil Carter and Ron Wilkins. Together with VMT music faculty and alumni they will present a Black History Lecture/Concert for the VMT students in the Recital Hall during the school day and one in the evening at 7:30 that will be free and open to the public.

Here is a short clip of the lecture. I would have videotaped some of the concert but… YouTube would have taken it down.

As you can see, there will be a public showing at 7:30pm. If you have a chance, stop by. If not, it would not hurt you to explore jazz and its history and the influence of various cultures.

Laredo is naturally steeped in Mexican culture, whether people admit it or not. But… little is known about the black communities have have lived and loved Laredo. During the recent St. Peter’s Historic Neighborhood Association & Laredo Main Street tours (that I mentioned here), Jesus, our guide, took us through the origins of religious life and its buildings. Jesus showed us where the tiny building that housed the St. James Tabernacle still stands. Who knew? Unfortunately, many of Laredo’s treasures are disappearing, much due to not making an effort to go see something new, taste a new dish, attend a performance of music you are not familiar with or simply going on one of free tours.

The Dos Gildas blog (food blog by Laredoans – woohoo) made mention last year of the other African-American presences in Laredo. Here is a quote:

A Spanish colonist founded Laredo in 1755. Laredo remained a part of New Spain until the land port was ceded to the United States in 1848 at the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo. Another historical tidbit that I learned on one of my visits to Laredo as an adult: in the late 19th century, Fort Macintosh (now the site of the Laredo Community College and one of my childhood “playgrounds”) was home to some of the first peace-time, African American U. S. Army units known as the Buffalo Soldiers.

I do enjoy the Dos Gildas blog – great job Gilda and Gilda! And great job music teachers and jazz artists at the VMT Magnet School! Thanks for the invitation :).

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3 Responses to Jazz musicians visit the VMT today

  1. tricia says:

    I’d never heard of Dos Gildas! I love their blog! New follower here. Interesting points about the jazz…one thing I haven’t researched that you might know off the top of your head, is the polka music connection. Sometimes with the construction, I swear there’s polka playing outside (blaring). And, I realize that it’s a Mexican station….I’m sure it’s easily google-able… I just haven’t done it yet. 🙂

    • Que Fregados says:

      Dos Gildas is a pretty cool blog :). Without googling, I know the northern part of Mexico has some Polish and Germanic influences. In my parent’s state, there are very large “colonias” of Mennonites who have lived in Mexico for generations and still speak lower German. You will even see a couple FB friends of mine sometimes comment in English and Spanish (& if I understood German, they would probably use that too) yet are blonde and blue eyed while making references to Mexico. One of them has a band that plays Norteñas and Banda music with plenty of Polkas – you have to listen carefully to hear if he is singing in German or in Spanish. I am sure the influences come from even before the large settlement of Mennonites because there were many many Europeans who have made their way to the rural Mexican North and helped shape the musical tastes. Ok, now on to google…

  2. tricia says:

    Thanks! Very interesting points….it just seems like such an odd combination. haha! Polka!!!! 🙂

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