*Since the year 2000, Hall of Fame Productions Incorporated (HFP) has been preserving – through interviewing, photographing and videotaping – the history of the Cleveland, Ohio area’s African-American jazz performers and venues.

The result is a memorial and educational documentary of the subjects many of whom unfortunately are now deceased. Those featured in the video include composer Hale Smith, whose compositions were performed by a range of great artists from jazz saxophonist John Coltrane to the Cleveland Orchestra; Grammy Award winning composer and saxophonist Willie Smith; the iconic blues guitarist Robert Lockwood, Jr.; keyboard/vocalist Duke Jenkins and many others. Clevelanders interviewed who are still living include internationally recognized male vocalist Little Jimmy Scott; keyboardist Eddie Baccus who for over half a century has been a Cleveland resident and performer; jazz historian and saxophonist John Richmond; Tri-C Jazz Fest Artistic Director Willard Jenkins and many others.

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A preview of this historical documentary titled “Great Day in Cleveland” will be shown on Wednesday April 16, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the Judge Sara J. Harper Children’s  Library located at 2453 E. 43rd St. at Quincy Ave. (Cuyahoga Community College Ave.) in Cleveland.

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