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Sin to Swing: The Evolution of Jazz in America, June 7, 2017

Author Kevin Comtois

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

The public is invited to join Friends of the Needham Public Library for our annual meeting and program, starting at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room. There will be a review of finances, including income from membership and book sales, and of expenditures to benefit the Library in 2016-2017. Officers for 2017-2018 and candidates for the board of directors will be presented for election. Refreshments will be served.

Immediately following the meeting, author Kevin Comtois will review the history and musical culture of New Orleans, the birth of a new music called Jazz, the many colorful creators of this music, and its evolution to Swing and Big Band music. Using recorded music, film clips, and still images, the presentation will examine how the politics and social conditions of late 19th-century New Orleans were integral in the creation of a whole new musical culture, and how that culture spread throughout the United States. An emphasis will be placed on the people who created Jazz, how that music spread rapidly throughout the country, the conditions that led young people of the 1930's and 1940's to embrace it, and its patriotic role in World War II.

Kevin Comtois is the author of Troubadours & Troublemakers: The Evolution of American Protest Music.

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