PIEDMONT — The Mineral County Historical Society (MCHS) will honor Hall of Fame jazz  artist Don Redman with a special February program in his hometown.  
The  Piedmont native, known as “the little giant of jazz,” was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in November, 2009, during a ceremony at the  Culture Center Theater in Charleston.
The Wednesday, Feb. 3, program will feature performances of some of Redman's best known work presented by the Classic Jazz Quartet, a group of area musicians  led by another Piedmont native, bassist Jim Roderick. The program will also  include remarks from Hall of Fame director Michael Lipton, video excerpts  from the induction ceremony, reflections from several local residents, and  an extensive display of Redman photos and memorabilia.
The event will take place in the Social Hall of Trinity United Methodist  Church with dinner at
6 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.
Persons wishing to attend just the program are welcome to do so without  charge, and no reservations are required.  
The cost for the baked steak  dinner is $11 per person.  Meal reservations must be made no later than  Sunday, Jan. 31, by contacting society member Nancy Marshall by phone at 304-788-5882 or by email at nancolmar@verizon.net.
Members of the Classic Jazz Quartet are Tom Harrison, piano; Rich Norwood,  saxophone; Bart Lay, drums; and Jim Roderick, bass.  
While a graduate  student at West Virginia University, Roderick conducted extensive research  into Redman's life and music.
Don Redman was one of seven Hall of Fame inductees in the “class” of 2009,  representing genres ranging from country to classical. He was also the  historical focus of this year's Mineral County Day gathering in Charleston  on Jan. 14.  During a meeting with the Mineral County delegation, Gov. Joe Manchin posthumously honored Redman with a "certificate of recognition" presented to Piedmont mayor James "Ebbie" Gilmore.  Resolutions
of recognition were also adopted by both the West Virginia State Senate and  House of Delegates.
In addition to playing saxophone, clarinet, piano, and several other  instruments, Redman has been recognized worldwide as a major composer and  the first great jazz arranger.  According to biographical information  compiled by the Hall of fame, "Redman was a consummate musician and his  innovative arrangements were the foundation for the big band era." He was born in Piedmont in 1900 and died in New York in 1964.
“We are pleased to join in celebrating the life and legacy of such a remarkable Mineral Countian,” MCHS president Ed McDonald said. “We also  believe it is significant to offer this program during Black History Month,  recognizing the accomplishments of a world famous African American musician.
“We hope a lot of people will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy  some great music and to learn more about one of our outstanding native  sons.”
To find out more about the program or other activities of the Mineral County Historical Society, contact McDonald at 304-788-0129.