DENVER – The elected Denver delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention are hosting an evening with local great trumpeter Doug Jackson, a pioneer in fusing jazz and funk. The event is a fundraiser to help cover the costs of sending delegates to Charlotte, North Carolina for the convention.
Delegates pay their own transportation, lodging, and all other expenses for the convention, and the 21 Denver delegates have joined together to help raise funds for those in the delegation who need assistance meeting the expenses. These efforts help Denver Democrats implement an inclusive approach to participation at the convention, sending a delegation that reflects the diverse make-up of the city and ensuring no one is excluded for lack of financial resources.
What: An Evening of Jazz and Funk with Doug Jackson
Where: The Mercury Café, 2199 California St. in Denver
When: Friday, July 20th from 5:30-9:30 p.m. (music starts at 6:00 p.m.)
Tickets: Available at www.denverdelegate.com or by calling Owen Perkins at (303) 722-1655.
Suggested minimum contribution of $25.
Bio: Doug Jackson, aka Sir DJ de Horn, “the first trumpeter of funk,” was born to a musical family in Colorado and earned early recognition as the Denver East High School Outstanding Music Award recipient in 1973. He launched his professional career after high school and performed with such legendary musicians as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Soloman Burke, drummer Max Roach, saxophonist James Payton, and piano man Joe Bonner. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston and formed a critically acclaimed six-piece band called The Untouched in the ‘90s. In addition to continuing his performance schedule, Jackson currently is working to support instrumental music at the high school level through his concert/lecture series, “Funk as a Way of Life.” He released his third CD earlier this year, exploring the musical frontier “where the funk meets the jazz.”