April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Leon Jordan’s Continentals will put you “in the mood” to celebrate with classic tunes of the big band era (1920s-1940s). Catch this local orchestra’s performance on April 18 at the N.C. Museum of History. The following weekend, watch April’s Artist of the Month, Seagrove potter Sid Luck, create beautiful objects at the potter’s wheel. Both programs are free.
Leon Jordan’s Continentals
Sunday, April 18, 3-4 p.m.
For more than 50 years, this orchestra has entertained audiences with classic tunes of the big band era. The April 18 performance will feature music that was popular in the 1930s, such as “Pennies From Heaven.” The performance complements the exhibit In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935-1941.
Jordan, lead trumpet, first organized the orchestra in 1957. The group is comprised of 12 talented musicians, some of whom have performed with notables such as Natalie Cole, the Temptations and the Four Tops.
Artist at Work: Sid Luck
- Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (drop-in program both days)
- Sunday, April 25, 1-3 p.m.
Fifth-generation potter Luck continues the art of wheel-thrown pottery at Luck’s Ware in Seagrove. Talk with this well-known potter as he works at his potter’s wheel. Luck is a 1994 recipient of the Living Treasure of North Carolina Award, and in 2009 he was honored with the Brown-Hudson Folklife Award from the N.C. Folklore Society for his contributions to the appreciation and continuation of North Carolina folk traditions.
On Saturday, Luck’s demonstration will also be part of National History Day in North Carolina from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feel free to see exhibits, performances and other projects created by students in grades 6-12. The young Tar Heel scholars will vie for state honors and the chance to represent North Carolina at the national competition.
For more information about these programs, call 919-807-7900 or access ncmuseumofhistory.org or Facebook®. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St., across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street.
The N.C. Museum of History’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. The department’s Web site is www.ncculture.com.