Celebrating Eric Jackson's Legacy in Education and Broadcasting

SAT, APR 28, 2018

For more than 40 years, Eric Jackson has built a career as an authority on Jazz and the history of African American music, as well as a prominent voice of jazz radio in the United States.

This week WGBH, Eric’s friends and colleagues have celebrated his 40th anniversary year on ‘GBH 89.7FM. Today, we formally recognize his outstanding contributions on the airwaves, in the classroom and beyond with two sessions on his legacy.

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+ BIO: Tessil Collins

Tessil J. Collins is the owner of the Spectrum Broadcasting Corporation and the Director, University/Business Partnerships, Extended Learning & Grant Management at Dorchester Academy, a Boston Public High School.

From 2006 – 2009, Mr. Collins held the position of Senior Coordinator of Arts, Media and Communications Technology in the Boston Public Schools’ Office of High School Support/Career & Technical Education.

He co-facilitated the BPS report “Tech-Voc 2000”, a study of Career and Technical Education programs in Boston, was chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s Radio & Broadcasting Frameworks Committee, and holds an Assistant Superintendent certification in Career & Technical Education.

Tessil also spent 22 years as a teacher of Communication Arts/Television Production at the Humphrey Occupational Resource Center & Madison Park Technical Vocational High School. Mr. Collins is a graduate of the Boston Latin School, Tufts University, Boston University’s Executive Management Program, and a Board Member and Vice President of the Ford Hall forum.

+ BIO: Leonard Brown

Leonard Brown is a professional musician (saxophonist, composer, and arranger), teacher, ethnomusicologist and specialist in multicultural education. He has appeared with many outstanding artists including Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, George Russell, Bill Barron, Yusef Lateef, Alan Dawson, and Ed Blackwell. Brown leads his own group, “Joyful Noise” and has performed nationally and internationally. He is co-founder and producer of Boston’s annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert (www.jcmc.neu.edu), the oldest event of its kind in the world.

At Northeastern, Brown is co-director of the Afro-Caribbean Music Research Project. He served as senior ethnomusicologist and principal cultural historian to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO, the first national jazz museum in the nation.

Brown has received postdoctoral fellowship support from the Ford Foundation and is currently involved in researching African retentions in 21st century Afro-Caribbean cultures.

+ BIO: Lynn DuVal-Luse

Lynn DuVal-Luse is the Director of Marketing and Public Programming at the Museum of African American History in Boston.

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