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The World Famous Lessons in Jazz Series Announces their 2nd Annual “Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation” Symposium Panelists

WFLJS' mission is to preserve the rich legacy of Jazz culture by bringing awareness to its evolving relationship with Hip Hop music through education, scholarships, and music appreciation. The only organization of its kind, WFLJS has been able to unite two of the most popular black music cultures and educate people outside of the classrooms.

Hampton, VA, April 25, 2007 --( For the past six years, Lessons in Jazz radio hosts Montez “The Whiz” Martin, Kevin “The Moose” Anderson, and Marcel “Big Cel” Canady have educated Hampton Roads listeners through music, history lessons and interviews of famous jazz musicians and hip hop producers who exemplify the essence of the relationship between jazz and hip hop on WHOV 88.1 FM. In celebration of Black Music Month and in conjunction with the Hampton Jazz Festival weekend events, The World Famous Lessons in Jazz Series (WFLJS) presents the 2nd Annual “Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation” Symposium, held June 23rd, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. on the historic campus of Hampton University in Ogden Hall.

The WFLJS invites jazz and hip hop enthusiasts, aspiring producers and musicians to come out and participate and learn from this monumental event. This year's confirmed panelists include hip hop artist and producer Q-Tip, producer Easy Mo Bee (producer of Miles Davis’s famous album, Doo Bop) and jazz musicians Lenny White and Jeff Lorber; Todd Pilot also joins the panel as their legal expert, an entertainment lawyer at The Trademark Institute Law Firm.

The “Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation” Symposium provides a format for jazz musicians and hip hop producers to discuss the intimate relationship between jazz and hip hop music, the tools necessary to sample music, legal ramifications for sampling without permission and the importance of collaborations between the two.

By providing the context for artists across the genres to meet and discuss their music, these symposia offer a real educational context with the added potential to facilitate creative collaborations among the participating artists. – Dr. Murray Foreman (author: The ‘Hood Comes First: Race, Space and Place in Rap and Hip-Hop)

As an additive to this year's symposium WFLJS will give away the organization's first Lifetime Achievement Award to a music pioneer that has influence the both hip hop and jazz alike. This year's honoree is composer, writer, musician, Hampton city native and Hampton Institute graduate, Weldon Irvine, Jr. Irvine was the writer behind the late Nina Simone's "(To Be) Young, Gifted, and Black" and has played a vital role in mentoring hip hop artists such as Q-Tip, Mos Def, Common, KRS-One and many more. As a continuing annual addition to the "Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation" Symposium, WFLJS will name the Lifetime Achievement Award in Weldon Irvine, Jr.'s name.

The “Jazz in the Hip Hop Generation” symposium will provide an in-depth look into the inner workings of the relationship between jazz musicians and hip hop producers. Aspiring or working musicians, producers and all music fans are encouraged to attend this exciting and educational event, free for students and $10.00 for the general public. You don’t want to miss this fine textured experience into the movement known as The World Famous Lessons in Jazz Series. Listen to Lessons in Jazz radio on WHOV-FM 88.1 for your chance to win tickets, or sign up for the 4th Stream of Jazz Newsletter, where you also have a chance to win tickets by emailing your information to: For more information on The World Famous Lessons In Jazz Series (WFLJS) check out or call (757) 727-5408, (305) 761-1734.

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