Legends Kemp, Terry & Jarreau

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Harry Kemp

Called Black Milwaukee’s “Visual Griot,” noted photographer Harry Kemp has been taking photos of the city’s Black community for over 50 years for various local and national publications, capturing our peoples rich history, unique culture and rich traditions on film.

Harry has aimed his camera lens at countless historic events, social functions, political gatherings, entertainment performances, educational lectures, forums and sporting events and legends.

He’s also captured more personal moments for prosperity for individuals and families such as weddings, anniversaries, birthday parties and funerals. A native of Racine, Wisconsin, Harry received his first camera at the age of 12. However, he didn’t seriously pursue photography until after a stint in the U.S. Air Force in the late 1950s. Harry’s first photography job was with the old Milwaukee Star newspaper. He’s also taken pictures for the Milwaukee Courier, Milwaukee Community Journal and Milwaukee Times.

Harry also taught photography for Milwaukee Public Schools from 1972 to 1974 at North Division, Hamilton and South Division high schools.

Evelyn Patricia Terry

Evelyn Patricia Terry is not starving artist.  She is a brilliant artist who has parlayed her talent into a lucrative career.

Her works have been displayed locally, nationally and internationally.  She has artwork in more than 400 private, public and corporate collections, in addition to the collections of the Haggerty Museum at Marquette University and the Milwaukee Art Museum.

After earning a master of science degree from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Terry went on to earn a master of fine arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).  As a full time professional artist, writer, educator, and curator, Terry works diligently to help establish historically disenfranchised artists. Her artwork, transforming a variety of themes into various bodies of work over more than 35 years, has been collected internationally with a concentration of private patrons and corporations in the Midwest.

In 1998, Terry completed a commission for the Midwest Convention Center as part of the John and Murphy Burke permanent collection. Other awards during the past 10 years include the Milwaukee Individual Artist Fellowship and the Intermedia Arts/McKnight Interdisciplinary Fellowship.

In 1999, Terry ventured into the field of public art with an award from the Spirit of Milwaukee Neighborhood Millennium Art Initiative to transform an existing Milwaukee County bus shelter into a functional work of art. And, In 2000, she was awarded a commission to create 12 sculptures for Milwaukee General Mitchell International Airport, which were installed near the elevators on each level in the new parking structure during the airport expansion project in 2002.

Today Terry maintains a studio at Milwaukee’s Lincoln Center for the Arts as she continues to break down barriers and build a prestigious career doing what she is most passionate about—capturing life in art form.

Al Jarreau

Milwaukee has always been proud that one of its own—Al Jarreau—has achieved such international acclaim as a singer and songwriter. Born in Milwaukee in 1940, Jarreau is the only vocalist in music history to receive Grammy awards in three separate categories (jazz, pop and R&B).

He has recorded more than two dozen albums over more than three decades.

Jarreau’s father was a minister so Al got his start singing in the church choir at the age of four. He attended Lincoln High School and later graduated from Wisconsin’s Ripon College with a degree in psychology.

During his college years Jarreau performed locally with a group called The Indigos on weekends. After earning his Master’s Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Iowa, Jarreau moved to San Francisco where he worked briefly as a social worker.

There, his desire to sing persisted, and he found himself performing at a small jazz club with a trio headed by George Duke.

Jarreau moved to Los Angeles and began playing in small clubs on the West Coast, and later branched out to New York City where he gained national television exposure by crooning with Johnny Carson and Merv Griffin. His first album, 1965, was released that year.

After a 10-year break from recording, Jarreau returned to the studio to produce We Got By and over the next two decades, he released almost an album each year.

In 1977, he performed in his first world tour and won his first American Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance. In 1985, Al Jarreau Live In London, recorded at Wembley Arena, helped cement his reputation as a world-class master of both studio and stage. Breakin’ Away won two more Grammy’s with awards for Best Male Pop Vocalist and Best Male Jazz Vocalist.

Now in his 70s, Jarreau has had some health issues, but continues to perform worldwide.  His smooth and easy sound and stellar successes make Milwaukeeans proud of the legacy of its native son.

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