The Jazz Legacy of Jim Pepper: An American Original


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This part of the Jim Pepper Lives Web site is just what it says it is: More Good Stuff! Most of it intended to be of interest to site visitors, to help paint a broader picture of the range of his influence as well as the context within which his music was created and his legacy resides, or simply because I thought it was “Good Stuff” to have!

Before the Drum” is a poem I wrote after a Milford Graves solo performance in Worcester, Mass. many years ago. I’ve included it here on the JimPepperLives site because it plays a big role in my “A Tale of Synchronicity” article about Pepper, Geese, Herons, Art Blakey, Milford Graves, Chief Bey, Simon Ilori, and this beautiful planet we live on.

In May 2005, the Oregon Legislative Assembly passed Resolution 31, which pays tribute to Jim Pepper, “a true son of Oregon” and a “jazz legend”. The Resolution cites a long list of Pepper’s accomplishments, the jazz giants he collaborated with, the songs he brought to the world music community, and the many awards he received in his life and posthumously. It also calls for the creation of a “Jim Pepper Chair” at Portland (Oregon) State University, “ to further the study of Native American music and its relationship to jazz.” The Resolution was sponsored by Oregon Senator Gordly and also calls for a “copy of this resolution [to] be delivered to the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., for inclusion in its permanent collection.”


Bill S.

Written by Bill Siegel

March 8, 2008 at 3:14 am

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