Maurice Lynch Music: Mikel Kilgour launches new Website Gallery..........It was such and exciting experience on September 28th, 2019 to be the Musical Director for"Go'in Bananna's" Celebrating Artist- Mikel Kilgour's Josephine Baker Art Exhibit. The evening was filled with over 100 paintings of Josephine. Mikel's interpretation's were stellar and overwhelming.
Harlem was applauding as Josephine returned on that magical autumn evening. My song " Tonight Josephine" sang by the incomparable Miss Pat Cleveland was a part this great celebration of all things Josephine. This event was historic. Many Veteran Fashion Modeling Legends were present (Versailles 73 model & Halstonette-Alva Chin, Vogue Cover Model-Peggy Dillard, Hermes Campaign Model-Tommy Garrett, GQ's First Black Male Cover Model- Renault White, Bob Mackie- Muse- Lu Sierra, David P. Martin, Ebony Magazine Legendary Model and Commentator - Audrey Smaltz, Alvin Clayton, Versailles 73 Model- Norma Jean Darden and Givenchy- Muse- Carol Collins-Miles and the list goes on and on......But what really caused a frenzy was a person very dear to my heart Josephine Baker's son Jari (Jarry) Baker who has been a personal friend of mine for over 25 years.... But the real magic for the evening was the art. The art interpretations by Mikel Kilgour will keep the spirt of Josephine alive for many generations to come.
Mikel Kigour's Artist Director - Cynthia McCoy has shared a fantastic new website to celebrate the artwork.
Please follow the links below there is a wonderful article, art and website gallery. Many pieces are availble for purchase.
Maurice Lynch Music and The Harlem community mourns the loss, but celebrates the life, of the singularly wonderful "Queen of Swing," legendarily dancer, Norma Miller. She exited the dance floor, aged 99.
I was privileged to have known and I first met her through "The Ambassador of Lindy Hop the Late Frankie Manning". I learned so much from her about the music and Clubs of Harlem. She also inspired me to write many of my songs. I always felt that I was in the presence of royalty (if that "royal family" is preternaturally youthful, sassy and shockingly "frank" with their language)! When she'd appear you were in for a good time, a buzz would go through the room: "Norma Miller's here!"
Watch this 1941 dance routine. She comes in around 0:26, wearing a chef's hat (with her partner). This number is great and shows her at her prime. This one will get your toes-a-tapping! ..........A Wonderful, Kind and Feisty Lady who will be greatly missed.
Here is her obituary from the New York Times