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U of M Libraries Will Be "Looking at Jazz" in Series Starting Feb. 15
For release: Feb. 5, 2007
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The University of Memphis Libraries will present a free seven-part series called “Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form,” which will include films, live performances, and discussions at locations throughout Shelby County. The U of M’s library system is one of 50 libraries and nonprofit organizations in the nation that have been selected to participate in the project’s pilot program organized by Re:New Media in partnership with the American Library Association and Jazz at Lincoln Center.

“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, Birthplace of Jazz, will be held Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Memphis Public Library’s Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue.  It will feature the New Orleans Jazz Ramblers.  

The series will continue with the following programs:

March 29, 7:30 p.m., The Jazz Age: 1920’s, featuring the University of Memphis Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum;

April 18, 7:30 p.m., The Swing Era: 1930’s, featuring the U of M Faculty Jazz Players, the Southern Comfort Jazz Orchestra and swing dance troupe at Harris Auditorium on the U of M campus;

June 3, 2:30 p.m.,Swing, Bebop, and Cool, featuring the U of M faculty group, Birth of the Cool, at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave.

The programs will resume in the fall with the following lineup:

• Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m., Women of Jazz, at the Memphis Drum Shop

• Oct. 11, time to be announced, More Bebop, Hard Bop and Cool, at the STAX Museum of American Soul Music

• Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m., Latin Jazz, at the Germantown Performing Arts Center

“The ‘Looking At: Jazz’ series represents a true partnership among the University Libraries and the University’s Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, along with the Mid-South Jazz Foundation, one of the most steadfast supporters of jazz music in Memphis,” said Tom Mendina of the University Libraries, project coordinator for the program. “The partnerships also extend into the community to our several fine host venues.”

The project is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and locally by the Mid-South Jazz Foundation.

More information is available from Dr. Jack Cooper, coordinator of jazz studies at the University of Memphis, by phone at 901-678-2547 or via email at: jcooper1@memphis.edu

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