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The Wilby Fletcher Jr. Tribute Broadcast on Fox News29 Philly

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Published on Mar 11, 2010

Fox News29 in Philly capture a little taste of the tribute to Wilmington musical legend, Wilbert "Wilby" Fletcher, Jr.
The program, coordinated by the Fletcher family in partnership with CCAC, celebrates the life of this extraordinary drummer and features music, dance, photography and spoken word performances. Musicians who have collaborated with Fletcher will also perform, including Philly's own violinist John Blake, Jr., pianist Barry Sames, the Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project, Lonnie-Liston Smith, Sid Simmons, Doc Gibbs, Aaron Graves, John Swana, Onaje Allen Gumbs, Mike Boone, Clifford Adams(of Kool & the Gang), Point Blank Band, Barbara Montgomery, Randy Sutin, Leon Jordan, Shiloh Baptist Church Choir, Ronnie Burrage, Gerald Chavis, Aaron Walker, Fostina Dixon-Kilgoe, Jeff Knoettner, the Temple of Ma'at Drummers and others.

Wilmington's native son, Wilby Fletcher, Jr. (1954-2009) attended George Gray Elementary School and P.S. duPont High School. His career spanned 40 years, pairing him in performance with such legends as Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, McCoy Tyner, Diane Reeves, Carlos Santana, Roy Ayers, and Grover Washington, Jr. Most known for his Swingin' jazz technique, Fletcher was recognized as one of the world's most versatile drummers.

Wilby Fletcher, Jr. Musical Tribute
Sunday, February 28, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Clifford Brown Performance Center, Christina Cultural Arts Center, 705 N. Market Street, Wilmington
For more information, call CCAC at 302.652.0101.

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