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Jazz in July

Jazz in July: 100th Anniversary Dixieland and Swing

Friday July 14, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the construction of the original library on South Street and Miller Road in 1917, the library is holding its annual Jazz in July concert series in special celebration! Tickets are $20 per concert and will benefit the library. Tickets will be available at the door.

Now in its thirteenth year, this popular series features 100th Anniversary Dixieland and Swing favorites on July 14, while on July 21, a jazz quartet will feature a "Century" of jazz. 

Library Centennial LogoAlthough 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Library, it is also the unofficial 100th anniversary of jazz music.  For the first concert in the series, Dixieland and swing jazz reign supreme.  Dixieland or ‘hot jazz’ originated in the Delta, but spread like wild fire up the Mississippi River to Chicago and eastward to New York City.  In fact, many early jazz standards became so famous that many patrons of other types of music are well aware of the tunes. 

Featuring a jazz sextet, various songs from New Orleans and the Mississippi River valley as well as tunes made famous by the likes of Louis Armstrong and even the New York songwriters who followed, will be featured for an evening of wonderful music.  Featured performers for the July 14 concert include Joe Licari, clarinet; Randy Reinhart, cornet; Tom Artin, trombone; John Halsey, piano; Brian Nalepka, bass; and David Humm, drums.

For the second concert, on July 21,  a quartet will celebrate the jazz music centennial.  Guitarist Bob Devos, Bob McHugh on piano, Ron Naspo on bass and David Humm on drums, will highlight some of the jazz greats born in 1917, such as Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as Duke Ellington, another legendary figure in the music genre.  Thelonious Monk was born on Oct. 10, 1917 and developed an improvisational style that led to many of his compositions to be recorded by other jazz artists.  Dizzy Gillespie, born eleven days after Monk, was a virtuoso trumpeter known for his unique, bent instrument, his puffed cheeks and a style that went uncopied for decades due to its complexity.  Duke Ellington was almost a generation older than Monk and Gillespie and wrote an astounding number of compositions from his ambitious Black, Brown and Beige in 1943 to “Mood Indigo,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).” 

This program is supported by the Friends of the Library.

Refreshments will be served.


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9:00 - 9:00
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