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October 24, 2000

Jazz Dialog with Nneena Freelon

Our neighbor Bill Cottman, who loves jazz and who does a Saturday morning jazz radio show with his dear mother-in-law, Pat Walton, on KFAI-FM, has arranged for Nnenna Freelon to visit Homewood Studios for a free and open jazz dialog event.

This is an educational event designed for students, listeneres and lovers of jazz. Please plan to attend - 3:45 to 4:45 at Homewood Studios Gallery.

Nnenna Freelon is appearing at the Dakota in St. Paul October 24 and 25. (Visit http://www.dakotacooks.com/ for information on these performances.)

See http://edkeane.com/nnenna.html for more information on Nnenna Freelon.

Nneena's appearance at Homewood Studios was nothing short of electrifying. She is an amazing woman, an artist committed to developing young musicians.

At one point in the community conversation, Nneena asked Michael Walton, a North High junior and budding jazz musician, what he needed from us. The long and short of it is, Neena agreed to look at Michael's work (if he sends it to her copyrighted) and to respond to it. We were so impressed with this modeling of the vision put forward in her song "One Child At A Time" that we decided to launch FIRST SATURDAY music gatherings, providing an intimate audience and support for the young musicians in our community. The first event will feature Michael Walton and Mitchell Williams, another young person who attended Nneena's talk.

Lowell Pickett, owner of the Dakota Bar and Grill, in an equally generous gesture, invited everyone in attendance to be his guests at Nneena's performances.

Many thanks to Bill Cottman for putting this significant event in motion.