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Programs

Through an initial grant award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Home Rule Music and Film produced a Documentary Short Film on Black Fire Records.  Additional funds were raised from private sources and through a Kickstarter Campaign.

The Black Fire Documentary uncovers Washington, DC’s music and its cultural heritage by highlighting the documents, images, photographs, art, video footage, music and the people behind Black Fire Records.  Through the use of primary and secondary research methods, in-person interviews, and archival and media footage and photography, the documentary shines light on a Black-owned independent jazz record label started in Chocolate City, aka the nation’s capital in the 1970’s.  

 

Established by DJ and record producer Jimmy Gray, and Saxophonist James “Plunky” Branch who led the band Oneness Of Juju, Black Fire Records followed in the footsteps of other influential black-owned independent labels like Strata-East and Tribe.

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Oral History Project: Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church.  The Lived Experiences of DC's Musicians.  

This Oral History Project focuses on the lived and shared experiences of jazz musicians who have performed at Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church and who were born, raised, or call Washington, DC their home. 

 

Westminster Presbyterian Church, DC’s Jazz Church, located in Southwest, Washington, DC, has a long and storied history of supporting local musicians, and the DC community-at-large through jazz and blues music performances

 

Through this Oral History Project, we explore and share the interconnected stories of DC musicians as it relates to Westminster Presbyterian Church. We inquire on the role DC musicians have played in defining and representing the culture of Washington through their personal and lived experiences

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