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Group Hopes to Save Jackson's "Trumpet Records" Building

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Jackson City Council members are requesting an update from the Farish Street Development Group.

Mayor Harvey Johnson said during the Tuesday meeting that the group, headed by developer David Watkins, is trying to meet requirements set by the Jackson Redevelopment Authority (JRA).

The JRA is in charge of supplying funding for projects like Farish Street.

Council Member Charles Tillman has expressed his disappointment that developers are not moving fast enough.

Mayor Johnson also said that if a solution is not reached he is not opposed to switching developers.

But not all the fix-ups are being handled by the Farish Street Development Group.

Trumpet Records is privately owned.

During the 1950s Trumpet Records was one of the few recording studios in Mississippi and it was open for all races and genres of music.

It is, however, best know for putting out the blues.

There's no music on 309 farish street anymore just the occaission sound of a police siren - looking at the gutted building you probably wouldn't recognize it's history.

"Trumpet Records was one of the first blues labels to be commercially successful," Andrew Dillon, a local musician said.

Dillon is helping raise $48,000 to save the building.

But the broader goal is to remember the history.

Dillon said around here it's often forgotten.

"When people come to Jackson, when people come to Mississippi, they leave the blues museum in the Delta and they come to Jackson and they're like 'What is there to do for Blues history here?'. And we just kind of look at them. like, 'Oh, you want to experience blues history in Jackson? we've got a few trail markers up'," Dillon said.

"What would really be the best case scenario is if we could reinvent the trumpet records recording studio. and then it would be a place for these local muscians and blues guys to record all this stuff before it gets lost," Dillon said.

The group "Save Trumpet Records" has a kick-starter account up. It can be found here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-trumpet-records


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