Russell Moore (1912-1983) was a gifted trombonist whose distinctions included playing with Louis Armstrong. Equally important was what his career meant to his family and tribe in the Gila River Indian Community of Arizona. Join us at the Basha Library on Saturday, April 20 as Dr. David Martinez, author and Arizona State University Associate Professor, shares Moore's story in his presentation, Russell "Big Chief" Moore: How a Pima Jazzman Blew His Way to the Top.
Love jazz? Browse selections from Freegal and download up to 5 songs per week, free with your library card! Or use your card to access streaming video from Kanopy and watch documentaries about jazz and jazz musicians. Kanopy also has streaming video on Native Americans and Native American history.
Russell “Big Chief” Moore is part of the Our Stories series. Our Stories presents diverse speakers who share unique Arizona and local history topics to a general audience. This series is produced throughout the year by the Chandler Museum, Chandler Public Library, Chandler Historical Society and Friends of the Chandler Public Library.