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“The Nez Percians & Other Bands” Lecture – Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.


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“The Nez Percians & Other Bands” Lecture – Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m.


1948 Chief Joseph Days

On Tuesday, July 23, at 7:00 p.m. at the Josephy Center, Nez Perce elders and musicians Leroy Seth and Silas Whitman will be joined by University of Idaho Professor Jan Johnson to talk about the Nez Perce jazz and dance bands of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and into the 1960s. Their talk will add words to the “Nez Perce Music–A Historical Sketch” exhibit that is now up at the Center.

Leroy Seth is the last of the musicians who played with the famed Nezpercians. Si Whitman’s father played with the group, and he himself played at the Gold Room with his own band, called “Soul,” int he 1960s. In their prime, the Nezpercians played from the Canada Border to Southern California, and were featured musicians at Chief Joseph Days in 1946, ’47, and ’48. Jan Johnson is the author of “Performing Indianness and Excellence: Nez Perce Jazz Bands of the Twentieth Century.

This event is free and open to the public. Donations gratefully accepted.