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Drinking Gourd Gallery Presents Black Diamond to Celebrate Negro Leagues Baseball   (click image to view press release)





06/19/2021, The View from the Diamond: In conjunction with our Black Diamond opening night celebration, Negro Leagues player Willie Sellars recalls his days of playing with the Indianapolis Clowns. 

06/20/2021, 4:00 p.m. Remembering Negro Leagues Player Francis Oliver Matthews: Artist Darryl Matthews and his sister share memories of their father Francis Oliver Matthews who played with the Newark Eagles. 

07/17/2021, 7:30 p.m. What's that Sound? Lillian Park performs musical selections from the Negro Leagues era as a part of Drinking Gourd Gallery's Art Talks Concert series. 

Lillian Park is a rising senior at North Carolina Central University, pursuing a degree in both Jazz Studies and Music Education, and is scheduled to graduate in May 2022. She loves performing and composing in the Jazz, R&B, and Soul category, but is also passionate about educating the next generation on the traditions and technique of music. Lillian’s passion for music started in classical and jazz piano, but she realized her love for singing and started seriously studying voice in her sophomore year of college. After graduation, Lillian plans to attend graduate school for composition and arranging. 

08/12/2021, 7:30 p.m. What's that Sound? Thomas Taylor performs musical selections from the Negro Leagues era as a part of Drinking Gourd Gallery's Art Talks Concert series. 


North Carolina-based Drummer, Thomas Taylor has spent his life discovering the drums, rhythms, and music from all walks of life. Brought up in the churches of North Carolina, Thomas came to learn the importance of "Supporting the music" from behind the drum set. He studied classical percussion and music education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro where he earned his Bachelors ('91) and Masters ('10) degrees.

Thomas learned the importance of "Swing" playing gigs across the US in the early 1990s. After graduating from college, Thomas began teaching percussion, music, and jazz at community music schools and universities in North Carolina. He continues to teach at North Carolina Central University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Thomas spent 10 years working, playing, and teaching with world-renowned jazz educator Jamey Aebersold. This opportunity allowed him to meet and perform with some of the world’s most important and influential jazz musicians. He continues to play with some of the international jazz community’s most loved and respected artists. Thomas has shared the stage with Terell Stafford, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Joe Chambers, Hubert Laws, Grady Tate, Jim Snidero, Corey Christiansen, Dan Hearle, Percy Heath, Cedar Walton, Vanessa Rubin, and so many others over the last 25+ years.

Thomas has performed and taught around the world. He has spread his message of swing on the continents of North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. You can find Thomas performing on the east coast with his drummer-led groups performing his original music. You can also hear him performing with regional, national, and international artists. For more information, visit


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