Keeping the legacy alive; Zachary Breaux Tribute Saturday

Published 1:38 pm Thursday, June 25, 2015

Many musical greats have come from the area deemed a hotbed of talent.
To keep the legacy of the music alive, the Port Arthur History Department of the Port Arthur Public Library will host the 3rd Annual Zachary Breaux Tribute and African American Music Appreciation Month Celebration from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the library, 4615 Ninth Ave.
Breaux, a Port Arthur native and successful jazz musician, died at the age of 36 while trying to save a woman from drowning in Florida in 1997.
Wanda Thompson, a clerk at the PAPL, said, in addition to the Zachary Breaux tribute, there will also be performances by Glenn Lee of Salt of the Earth, Tekoa School’s drum line and a group of musicians who will come together to play some blues and jazz.
“We wanted to keep the legacy alive plus the fact we have a lot of musicians from this area, and it’s African American Music Appreciation Month,” Thompson said of the coming event. “Some are deceased, some are still here.”
Organizers also hope youth will learn from those contributing and those who have passed on.
“So the music doesn’t die and for them to know they have a legacy here.” she said.
For more information, contact the library at 985-8838.

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