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Library is jazzing it up

9:20:05 AM CDT - Thursday, March 15, 2007

WSU Libraries will be jazzing it up with a free, six-part film-viewing, reading and discussion series April 2-7 on jazz, recognized as an American art form.

The library is one of 50 libraries and nonprofits nationwide that were selected to participate in the series, which is part of the project called “Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form.” The project is organized by Re:New Media in partnership with the American Library Association and Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

The project is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and locally by the Wichita Jazz Festival as well as the WSU School of Music jazz studies program.
    
“Looking At: Jazz” explores the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form in the United States. The first program, focusing on “New Orleans: the Birthplace of Jazz” with excerpts from Ken Burns’ “Jazz, Episode 1: Gumbo, Beginnings to 1917,” will be held at 7 p.m.  Monday, April 2, in Ablah Library.

Additional sessions will be held each evening at 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, April 3-7, in Ablah Library. The films discussed will be Burns’ “Jazz, Episode 2: The Gift, 1917-1924’ and “Harlem Renaissance: the Music & Rhythms That Started a Cultural Revolution” on April 3; “Lady Day: the Many Faces of Billie Holiday” on April 4; “Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing” on April 5; “Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker” on April 6; and “A Night in Havana: Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba” on April 7. 

Tom Fowler, director of jazz studies at WSU and educational director of the Wichita Jazz Festival, will lead a discussion of each session’ award-winning documentary. Other faculty members in the jazz studies program will also participate.

Along with the “Looking At: Jazz” series, WSU will celebrate jazz through several related events: The San Francisco Jazz Collective in performance on March 19 in Miller Concert Hall; WSU Jazz Arts I in performance at the Roadhouse Blues Club on March 28; the 36th Annual Wichita Jazz Festival April 16-21 in Duerksen Fine Arts Center; and a guest percussion scholarship concert in Miller Concert Hall on April 22. 

 For more on the library’s jazz series, visit
http://library.wichita.edu/music/WSUCelebratesJazz.asp or contact music/fine arts librarian Rachel Crane, 978-5078 and/or rachel.crane@wichita.edu.



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