The Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission approved the nomination of jazz trumpeter, composer and activist Lee Morgan for a historical marker.
Lee will join John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, and his union, Union Local 274 of the American Federation of Musicians, with a historical marker in Philadelphia.
The blue-and-gold marker will be installed in front of the former location of Music City where as a high school student Lee participated in instructional clinics and Tuesday night jam sessions with jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich, Art Blakey and Miles Davis.
On June 26, 1956, trumpeter Clifford Brown left from Music City for a gig in Chicago. Brownie, along with pianist Richie Powell and Powell’s wife, Nancy, were killed in a car crash on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
There has been an outpouring of interest in attending the unveiling (Date TBD). The date and time of the dedication ceremony will be announced at least 60 days in advance. We will send a monthly update to registered guests.
The dedication ceremony will be followed by a reception at which a special announcement will be made. Please make a donation of $50.00 to help defray expenses.
Donations of $500.00 will be listed as Community Sponsors on social media and All That Philly Jazz.
If you are unable to attend the reception but would like to support efforts to preserve Lee Morgan’s legacy in public memory, please make a donation.
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