Phil Perry and Kim Waters – A Jazzy Tribute to Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson Tuskegee Airman, Red Tail Pilot – July 2012 in Houston Texas
The 2012 Jazz Tour~A Jazzy Tribute to
Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson
Tuskegee Airman, Red Tail Pilot.
We will honor his legacy
with a Special Night of Jazz & R&B
Soulful Vocalist Phil Perry and Romantic Saxophonist Kim Waters
The JAZZ IN M.E.E and POW 44 Legacy partners to bring you a special night of jazz in support of continuing a legacy. We will honor Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson in music with portions of the proceeds being donated to the Ismail Robinson Scholarship Fund.
Kim Waters heralded as “simply one of the planet’s best saxophonists” will entertain us with his unforgettable melodies and songs that take you on a journey and Phil Perry will serenade us with his alluring multi-octave soulful voice. Spectacular entertainment, a great cause, and honoring the legacy of a Tuskegee Airman will be a night to remember, so get ready to experience jazz in a whole new way.
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Born Nov. 15, 1921 in Detroit, Mich., Jefferson was the eldest child of Alexander Jefferson and Jane White Jefferson. His maternal great-grandfather William Jefferson White was born to a slave woman and a white slave owner in the 1830s. Jefferson’s grandfather became a minister, and in 1867 he opened an all-black ministry school for boys in Augusta, Ga., which today is known as Morehouse College.
The Tuskegee Airmen, the popular name of a group of African American pilots who fought during World War II, were the first black military aviators to serve in the United States armed forces. Jefferson’s book “Red Tail Captured, Red Tail Free” is a personal memoir about black soldiers who served their country during and after World War II. Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson is an American treasure, and we’re proud to have him join us to share his experiences.
Jefferson was shot down on August 12, 1944, while attacking a radar installation during his 18th mission over Toulon in southern France. Parachuting to safety and landing in a forest, he was immediately captured by German ground troops. He was sent to a German prisoner of war (POW) camp in Poland called Stalag Luft III, a specialist Luftwaffe-run camp for captured Allied Air Force personnel. He was then moved to Stalag VII-A, just outside Dachau. After the Russian Army entered Poland, the Germans marched the prisoners to Munich, where they were freed by Gen. George Patton’s U.S. Third Army. Jefferson returned to the United States on board the Cunard liner RMS Queen Mary, arriving in New York City in mid-1945
During World War II, African American citizens in many U.S. states still were subject to racist Jim Crow laws. The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen experienced racial discrimination, both within and outside the U.S. Army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. Although the 477th Bombardment Group “worked up” on North American B-25 Mitchell bombers, they never served in combat. The Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only actual operational unit. First sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, they were put into action in Sicily and Italy before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe, where they were particularly successful in their missions.
In 1995, Jefferson was enshrined in the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame. In 2004, Jefferson was awarded with a Purple Heart for being wounded while being shot down over Nazi occupied France. On March 29, 2007, Jefferson attended a ceremony in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, where he and the other surviving veterans of the Tuskegee Airmen and the widows of airmen no longer with us were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of their service.
To learn more about Lt. Colonel Alexander Jefferson visit the links below.
– An American Pilot: Alexander Jefferson
–Shot Down in WWII – Tuskgee Airman Alexander Jefferson
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