Alan Williams


Hello, my name is Alan Williams. I am Kirby's grandson and a his biographer. I was born and raised in Winchester, Va., and I'm a 1973 graduate of John Handley High School. I was a student at Potomac State College of West Virginia University; I earned my B.S. in Workforce, Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and my M.S. in Public Administration at Troy University. I'm a retired Navy Veteran and I'm enjoying my second career in law enforcement. I'm a self taught electric bass player and thoroughly enjoy 1960s and 1970s progressive jazz. My mom, Yvonne Kirk Williams, my grandma, Mary Kirk Laws, Kirby's cousin - June Gaskins, Kirby's schoolmate Mrs. Anna Bertha, jazz enthusiast and Winchester resident Russell Mason and Kirby's music teacher, Powell Gibson (all deceased) provided me a thorough education through writings and personal interviews about Kirby's upbringing and his career. I'm proud to present, "Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm, 2017." Remember, smile and be serious about jazz. Thanks for downloading my ebook.

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John Kirby and His Orchestra - Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 9,710. Language: English. Published: July 22, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Music » Big Band & Swing, Nonfiction » Biography » People of color
John Kirby's talent and humble beginnings in Winchester, Va. landed him in New York City in 1929 as the tubaist and bassist for The Fletcher Henderson Orchestra. Performing with Chick Webb and Billie Holiday, led him to form his own group. John Kirby's Orchestra set a precedence for jazz orchestras when they sponsored their radio jazz series on CBS called "Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm" in 1940-41.

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