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R.J. Taylor on Benton Harbor’s House of David

Jazz on a Summer’s Day concert features Saalik Ziyad’s Connective

In June, the non-profit arts organization HotHouse will present two exciting cultural programs in the ballroom and studios of the historic Lakeside Inn.

The first event on Saturday, June 28 at 7pm HotHouse will present a program exploring the fascinating history and future plans of Benton Harbor’s House of David.

Resident member RJ Taylor will give the talk and slide presentation as part of HotHouses series of public programs, summer workshops & artists in residence programs in Lakeside Studios. RJ has been a member of the religious community since 1974 and is himself an artist as well as caretaker of the site. By 1906, The House of David colony soon had several hundred members and owned about 1,000 acres in Benton Harbor, Michigan. There the colony harvested fruit from a dozen orchards and cultivated grain. The commune had its own cannery, carpenter shop, coach factory, tailor shop, and steam laundry. They also owned and operated their own electricity plant, providing lighting to the community. It had three brass bands and two orchestras, and a zoological garden. The Baseball team toured nationally and was legendary in its own right. The Amusement Park drew thousands of visitors and is being reintroduced this year as a new attraction to the area. More about the program follows under “about the artist and programs”

On Sunday June 29 at 4pm HotHouse presents its third concert in this years Jazz on a Summer’s Day concert series. This month the featured group is Saalik Ziyad’s Connective.

SERIES SUMMARY /CALENDAR LISTING

Jazz on a Summer’s Day

Produced by HotHouse

In the Ballroom of The Lakeside Inn

15251 Lakeshore Road, Lakeside Michigan

Telephone number at The Lakeside Inn 269 469-0600269 469-0600
Tickets are available on the HotHouse web-site:  www.hothouse.net

Information: hothouse3.0 at gmail.com

Jazz on a Summer’s Day 2014 Season Schedule (remaining)

29-Jun

4pm

Saalik Ziyad’s Connective

27-Jul

4pm

Reggie Nicholson and Robert Griffith play homage to the music of Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell

7pm

Edward Wilkerson Septet

24-Aug

4pm

San featuring Donna Lee Kwon, Tatsu Aoki and Jeff Chan

28-Sep

4pm

Proyecto Libre

19-Oct

4pm

Oliver’s Cinema

ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND THE ARTISTS

THE HOUSE OF DAVID with R.J. Taylor

Saturday June 28, 7pm $5

The Israelite House of David is a communal religious society co-founded by Benjamin and Mary Purnell in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 1903. By 1906, the House owned about 1,000 acres, on which the colony harvested fruit from a dozen orchards and cultivated grain. The commune had its own cannery, carpenter shop, coach factory, tailor shop, and steam laundry. They also owned and operated their own electricity plant, had three brass bands and two orchestras, a zoological garden and nationally famous amusement park: Eden Springs. In 1913, the Israelite House of David began to play competitive baseball and by 1915, they became famous as a barnstorming baseball team which toured rural America from the 1920s through the 1950s. They were known for their skill and played against some of the greatest teams in the country. The House of David played against Major League, Minor League, independent and Negro League teams.

Ron Taylor is one of the last surviving members of the House and an artist. His grandparents joined the House of David community at Sydney, Australia in 1919 and RJ worked part time at the House of David while in art school. He joined the community in 1977 and has resided there for 40 years. As of 2009, he is the sole trustee of the property (81 structures and 141 acres). His work in preservation of the City of David properties began in 1991 and was awarded the honor of National Register significance in 2009. RJ will present a pictorial history presentation on the House of David using 100 vintage images visually brings to life a vibrant story that reaches back to England of the 1650s. He will narrate this fascinating story of America’s third oldest Christian community that caught the attention of America through its baseball teams, traveling jazz orchestras and legal problems; an organization that dominated Berrien County’s fruit industry and tourism for most of the twentieth century.

Sunday June 29    4pm  $20

The Saalik Ziyad Connective

Blessed with a smooth, buff baritone and a powerful artistic persona, Ziyad can infuse a timeless ballad with just the right emotion and in the next breath, sail into a hard-bop anthem or modern jazz composition with equal conviction. Ziyad’s unique style and voice ranges from jazz to classical and has afforded him the opportunity to perform worldwide.  Here the Saalik Ziyad Connective will be focusing on original compositions written by Saalik Ziyad featuring music influenced by his global travels. Featured in the instrumentation this concert are the oud and the sitar. Saalik performs here with a roster of talents: Taalib-Din Ziyad, Ed Wilkerson, Shanta Nuralluh, Alex Wing, Dushun Mosley.

Saalik Ziyad

Blessed with a smooth, buff baritone and a powerful artistic persona, Ziyad can infuse a timeless ballad with just the right emotion and in the next breath, sail into a hard-bop anthem or modern jazz composition with equal conviction. Ziyad’s unique style and voice ranges from jazz to classical and has afforded him the opportunity to perform worldwide.

Alex Wing

Alex Wing is a guitarist, bassist, oud player and creative musician living and working in Chicago.  He has played with David Boykin, Hanah Jon Taylor, Nicole Mitchell, Avreaayl Ra, Mwata Bowden, Paul Hartsaw, Saalik Ziyad and many more.

Taalib-Din Ziyad

A deep rich bass baritone vocalist, flutist, composer and poet that brings sounds of spiritual and cosmic vibrations of love and healing.

Shantah Nurullah

Shanta is an internationally known storyteller and musician. She plays bass, sitar, and percussion and was co-founder of the women’s bands Sojourner and Samana.

Dushun Mosley

Dushun Mosley, Percussionist, is a performer, bandleader. He is the band leader of his group the Vizitors and well as a member of various groups including 8 Bold Souls, Douglas Ewart Inventions, AACM Great Black Music Ensemble and many others.

Edward Wilkerson Jr.

Edward L. Wilkerson, Jr., is an internationally recognized American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator based in Chicago. Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the United States. Wilkerson has performed in many groups including his own group Shadow Vignettes and 8 Bold Souls. He is currently with his own quartet and also the band Frequency with Nicole Mitchell, Hamid Drake and Harrison Bankhead

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JAZZ ON A SUMMER’S DAY presented by HotHouse, is a chance to encounter some of the world’s most innovative and compelling artists in an intimate, seductive, arts-centric environment.

Featured in this year’s season are some of the music world’s most treasured creative artists. While each performance on the bill is uniquely representative of the genre -jazz/creative improvised music, altogether and over the years, dedicated audiences can appreciate the comprehensive language of the improviser and how the music is continually being advanced through contemporary exploration.  In fact, the point of the series is to take audience members on a journey through modern music and provide opportunities to experience art and have access to musicians in a way that they might not otherwise enjoy.

ABOUT LAKESIDE STUDIOS

In the 1960’s the studios behind the Lakeside Inn were developed by John Wilson, the internationally known print dealer and an early founder of the Art Expositions at Navy Pier. During the early years of the Lakeside Center for the Arts, the artists working on premise included Richard Hunt, Ed Paschke, and Roger Brown, all of whom are now world famous.

After Wilson sold the hotel in 2005, the studios lay dormant. Then in 2010, HotHouse a well-known cultural presenter in Chicago inaugurated the Jazz on a Summer’s Day concert series in the ballroom of the Inn. Since then HotHouse has expanded its range of programmatic offerings at Lakeside and has subsequently re-introduced Lakeside Studios. In 2013, HotHouse hosted twelve art-making workshops in the Studios including a course in Astrophotography and Creative Writing. As part of an international exchange program funded by the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the organization converted the studio into a woodshop and brought one of Mexico’s most revered jarana makers from Jaltipan, Mexico to teach the art of traditional instrument making. Five students travelled to the site from all throughout the US to take the immersive workshop. One of the participants was a 63 year old retired school teacher from Valparaiso and a second- generation immigrant from Mexico. Profoundly moved by the week he spent in the course, he wrote that this was one of the most important experiences in his life. Remarkably, this was the first workshop of its kind in the country.

HotHouse has made a commitment to return to Lakeside a center for cultural exploration. Jazz on a Summer’s Day and the Lakeside Studios are two 2014 programs that advance this commitment.  Nestled in the trees behind the Lakeside Inn and steps from the beach, Lakeside Studios is the perfect location for contemplation, creative experimentation, and ongoing adult education.

ABOUT HotHouse

HotHouse was founded in 1987 to provide a forum for expression in the arts that was under-represented elsewhere in the Chicago cultural community. It was created primarily to curate multi-arts and educational activities that bolstered the prominence of innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market and to facilitate events that amplified a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse “few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse.” And a  “Best of Chicago” award opined “from European avant-garde jazz acts that don’t even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city’s more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet’s most innovative acts.”

For two decades the organization maintained two award-winning cultural centers where it presented its programs-the first catalyzed growth in the Wicker Park neighborhood (1987-1995) and the second spurred development in the South Loop in downtown Chicago (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.

HotHouse develops its programs in response to a variety of community needs and seeks to extend the milieu of the academy and position high caliber (and international) arts innovation before underserved populations throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.

Jazz on a Summer’s Day is part of our larger initiative to develop an art making workshop and artists -in- residence program at Lakeside.

ABOUT LAKESIDE STUDIOS

Behind the lodge, nestled in the pines, is a studio that is being reintroduced by HotHouse as Lakeside Studios. In 2013, we hosted twelve art-making workshops in the Studios including a course in Astrophotography and Creative Writing. As part of an international exchange program funded by the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, our organization converted the studio into a woodshop and brought one of Mexico’s most revered jarana makers from Jaltipan, Mexico to teach the art of traditional instrument making. Five students travelled to the site from all throughout the US to take the immersive workshop. One of the participants was a 63 year old retired school teacher from Valparaiso and a second- generation immigrant from Mexico. Profoundly moved by the week he spent in the course, he wrote that this was one of the most important experiences in his life. Remarkably, this was the first workshop of its kind in the country.

The program will be expanded in 2014.

HotHouse has made a commitment to return to Lakeside a center for cultural exploration. Jazz on a Summer’s Day and the Lakeside Studios are two 2014 programs that advance this commitment.

ABOUT THE LAKESIDE INN

The Lakeside Inn, is a landmark hotel perched on the shores Lake Michigan, a speedy 90 minute drive from Chicago. The Inn remains a charming wooden structure dating from the 1880’s and has long been associated as a destination for artists and day trippers escaping the hectic city. Furnishings reminiscent of the early 20th century create a casual atmosphere and decorate the 31 rooms, the fabulous porch laden with rocking chairs, and the ballroom with its impressive stone fireplace. The Lakeside Inn is a centerpiece of the fascinations found in Harbor County- an area next to the Indiana Dunes that has long been a favored place for respite and rejuvenation.

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