Jazz Program

Francis A. Gregory Library

Jazz Program

book coverApril is National Jazz Month, and we invite you to celebrate with us.  We will be viewing the PBS series Jazz by Ken Burns.

Monday, April 9, at 6:30 p.m.
Part 1 Gumbo: Jazz began in 19th-century New Orleans.  Tonight we will meet the pioneers of jazz: Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Morton and Sidney Bechet.

Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m.
Part 2 The Gift: It's the Roaring Twenties, and speakeasies, flappers, and easy money define the Jazz Age. In part 2, we meet Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, two extraordinary artists whose lives and music spanned almost three-quarters of a century.

Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m.
Part 3 Our Language: Tonight we meet Bessie Smith and other jazz musicians.  We follow Duke Ellington to the famous New York nightspot, The Cotton Club, and in Chicago, Louis Armstrong is billed as "The World's Greatest Trumpet Player."

Each part is approximately 90 minutes.