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From Avery to Erskine Hawkins: Remembering St. Julian Bennett Dash

July 2, 2004

(A Program of the Avery Grand Reunion) – July 2, 2004
Avery Research Center, College of Charleston

The program included live music by the Quentin Baxter Jazz Ensemble including“Tuxedo Junction,” co-written by Julian Dash, a media display of source material donated by the Dash Family, and Conversations in Jazz with oral history accounts from:

  • Brothers of Julian Dash — Roger Dash (Palm Desert, CA), Avery graduate, 1945 — John Thompson Dash (Charleston), Avery graduate, 1948 — Ernest Dash (Inglewood, CA), Avery graduate, 1951
  • Clifton Smalls (Brooklyn, NY), native Charlestonian; pianist and jazz band leader who recorded with Dash; former member of the Carolina Cotton Pickers; relief piano player for Earl “Fatha” Hines;
  • recorded with, and served as musical director for the Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, Billy Eckstine, Eartha Kitt, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr.

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