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Skipp Pearson

Thales Thomas “Skipp” Pearson, South Carolina’s ambassador of Jazz Music, played professionally for the first time at the age of 14, leading his first commercial band at age 15. Upon completion of his formal education, Pearson spent 4 years in the United States Air Force. An enlisted man, with a distinguished military career, Pearson also performed professionally throughout the United States and in Western Europe while faithfully serving his country. In 1965, Pearson enrolled in Claflin College, now Claflin University, to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education. As career educator, Pearson has taught scores of public school children the importance, and benefits of having music in their lives

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Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization

Read "Women in Jazz, Pt. 3: The International Women in Jazz Organization" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In part 1 and part 2 of the Women in Jazz series, we looked at the historical marginalization of women in jazz from Lil Hardin Armstrong and Blanch Calloway in the 1920s to Tia Fuller in 2019. Part 2 focused on several prominent pioneering artists including the all-female International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Marian McPartland, and Melba ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II

Read "Tales of The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed - Jazz Societies, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2 Jazz Societies, Part 1 briefly traced the preservation and interpretation of jazz from the oral history of its West African roots through academic and cultural institutions. The article included an overview of jazz societies and foundations that further the fostering of jazz education. The organizations vary in scope, size ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Jazz Societies, Part I: The Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation

Read "Jazz Societies, Part I: The Skipp Pearson Jazz Legacy Foundation" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Part 1 | Part 2 The oral history traditions of West African griots led the preservation and interpretation of music that would become the fundamentals of jazz. In previous Under the Radar columns we looked at institutions that further the cause of safeguarding the genre; university-level academic programs and jazz museums whose hands-on experiences, ...

NEWS: AWARD / GRANT

Skipp Pearson Becomes an Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer Paris

Skipp Pearson Becomes an Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer Paris

Columbia, SC—it is with great pleasure the Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation announces that Skipp Pearson, the official ambassador of jazz music for the state of South Carolina, has joined the distinguished international endorsing artist roster of Conn-Selmer Inc/Selmer Paris Saxophones. The Conn-Selmer endorsing artist roster includes many of the finest professional players of brass and woodwind ...

NEWS: EVENT

The Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation Hosts National Jazz Appreciation Month in South Carolina

The Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation Hosts National Jazz Appreciation Month in South Carolina

Columbia, SC -- The Skipp Pearson Jazz Foundation in keeping with it stated mission is pleased to host Jazz Appreciation Month in South Carolina beginning Thursday, April 1 through Friday, April 30, 2010. Throughout the entire month activities and special event will be offered devoted to music education, centered on the theme: The Art of Bebop. ...


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