W. C. Handy Music Festival

 
The W. C. Handy Music Festival is held annually in Florence, Alabama, sponsored by the Music Preservation Society, Inc., in honor of Florence native W. C. Handy, the “Father of the Blues.” The non-profit Music Preservation Society was formed in 1982, with the mission to preserve, present, and promote the musical heritage of Northwest Alabama.
 
The festival presents music of many varieties, including rock, pop, gospel, R & B and jazz. The roster of jazz musicians, known as the “Festival All-Stars,” or the W. C. Handy Jazz All-Stars, includes noted musicians from all over the United States, such as guitarist Mundell Lowe, guitarist Lloyd Wells, drummer Bill Goodwin, pianist / vocalist Johnny O’Neal, vibraphonist Chuck Redd, trumpeter Ken Watters, pianist / vocalist Ray Reach (Director of Student Jazz Programs at the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame), and flutist Holly Hofmann.
 
W. C. Handy Music Festival 2014 set for *NOT CONFIRMED.


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