The Dane County Library Service and the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium have teamed up to present a series of performances and educational events.”Jazz in the Library: Beyond the Page” will be presented in eleven libraries over the course of the next several weeks.
The National Museum of American History designated April as Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 and has since been offering jazz programming in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The “Journey of Jazz program will “trace the stylistic journey of jazz from its origins to the present day in a musical performance by the Hanah Jon Taylor Quintet, interwoven with a dramatic presentation of the music’s history by master jazz musician and educator Hanah Jon Taylor and company.”
The “Jazz is a Heartbeat” series will “stroll through the history of jazz with saxophonist Hanah Jon Taylor and poet Fabu as they intertwine jazz poetry with musical numbers performed by Taylor, with commentary by UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies Professor Ethelene Whitmire, author of Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian.”
Additionally, there will be screenings of Madison filmmaker Chuck France’s documentary, Jazz in Exile, which chronicles the exodus of African American jazz musicians to Europe, the reasons for the migration, and how it affected the musicians and the music itself. A short Q & A with the France will follow the screenings.
Here is the schedule for the film showings:
Tuesday, April 7, 6:30 p.m. – Goodman South Madison Library
Monday, April 20, 6:30 p.m. – Deerfield Public Library
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m. – Fitchburg Public Library