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Return to the Source: Remembering Legendary Bassist, James Lee Jamerson

September 18-19, 2003

Avery Research Center and Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston

A two-day tribute honoring Motown and Funk Brothers bassist and Edisto Island native, James Jamerson. Programs included music by the choirs of the New First Baptist Church of Edisto Island, The McKnight Brothers, and the Black Velvets; the Charleston premiere of the Grammy-award winning documentary, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown;” a display of Jamerson source material acquired from donors, Anthony and Felix McKnight; a James Jamerson Proclamation from the City of Charleston; and “Conversations in Jazz: James Jamerson” with oral history accounts from:

  • Ann Jamerson (Detroit, MI), James Jamerson’s widow
  • Anthony McKnight (Charleston), First Cousin of James Jamerson; President, South Carolina Chapter, Motown Alumni Association Bob Lee (Los Angeles, CA), Jamerson historian-bassist

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