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JAX MUSIC FIGURES HAVE
STORIES TO TELL

The Jacksonville Area Music Museum is committed to telling the story of Northeast Florida's music through the stories of its participants. Our archive is a spoken record directly from the community that keeps the city's culture thriving. As we continue to document Jacksonville's musical legacy, explore our sample selection of featured interviews from Jacksonville musicians, sound technicians, business owners, and dedicated listeners. 

KEITH "JUGHEAD" JOHNSON

Road manager for original-era Molly Hatchet, 1978-1984; Manager for Gator Country, 2003-2009.

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ANTHONY
ANURCA

Bassoonist at Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra (JSO); First graduate from Jacksonville Youth Orchestra to join the JSO.

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LK: Jacksonville-based performer, composer, educator, and jazz vocalist.

JS: Jacksonville-based bandleader, educator, and trumpeter.

LISA KELLY
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J.B. SCOTT

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THOMMY
BERLIN

Jacksonville-based punk guitarist, drummer, and songwriter; Member of Stevie Stiletto and the Switchblades; Founder of Radio Berlin, Thommy Berlin and His Big Head, and others bands.

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Jacksonville-raised jazz pianist and educator; Graduate of Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB); Recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea, and Seiji Ozawa, among others.

MARCUS ROBERTS

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MIKKI MATTESON

Widow of Rich Matteson (1929-1993): Prolific Jacksonville-based bandleader, composer, founder of the University of North Florida (UNF) jazz program, WJCT host, and multi-instrumentalist specializing in the euphonium.

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EDWIN
"TINKER"
WINGATE

Roadie for Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special; Jacksonville-based drummer, producer, and stage manager.

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DEBORAH McDUFFIE

Grammy-nominated composer, producer, arranger, educator, and vocalist; Artistic Director for the Ritz Voices community choir; considered the first African-American female producer/composer in the music industry.

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DAVID LUCKIN

Program Manager and Music Director for WJCT; Host of "Electro Lounge" and "Route 66"; Leader in Jacksonville Music Exchange (JME).

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NUMA SAISSELIN

President of the Florida Theatre; Jacksonville-based arts administrator and concert promoter.

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Jacksonville sisters and music fans; Attended the notorious 1956 Elvis Presley concert at the Florida Theatre and tore pieces from Elvis's jacket.

JUNE
KREKEL

&
BEVERLY FENWICK

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ACE
MARTIN

Former Instrumental Music Chairman at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts; Director of the Douglas Anderson Jazz Ensemble; Jazz trumpeter; Trumpeter with the JSO.

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SIDNEY DRASHIN

Legendary Jacksonville rock promoter; President of Jet Set Enterprises; Booked and worked with performers like Marvin Gaye, The Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin, among others. 

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RICKEY CALLOWAY

Jacksonville-based singer, dancer, and guitarist, "King of Funk."

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