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University of Idaho Library to host Jazz video discussion series
The University of Idaho Library will host a free six-part film viewing and discussion series called “The Looking At: Jazz, America’s Art Form.”  The library is one of 50 libraries and nonprofit organizations nationwide selected to participate in the project’s pilot program organized by Re:New Media in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) and Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC).  The project is supported by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

“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 and the origins of jazz will be held on Thursday, February 1st at 7:30 pm at the University of Idaho Law Courtroom.  For details, please visit http://nvr.org/lookingatjazz/content.php?sec=screenings&institution_id=84 or contact Rochelle Smith at 885-7850 or rsmith@uidaho.edu or Gail Eckwright at gze@uidaho.edu

“We are delighted to have been chosen as one of the pilot sites for this unique program focusing on one of the most important art forms in American history,” said Smith, a reference librarian at the University of Idaho Library.  “This program allows community members to use in-depth information from documentaries and provide access to the expertise of one of our top local Jazz scholars.  A public library is the perfect backdrop for this discussion because we can offer a full selection of resources for further study of any of these topics.”

The second and third films in the series, The Jazz Age and Harlem as a Center of Jazz and The Jazz Swing Era, will be shown on March 1st and April 12th in the U of I Law Courtroom, at 7:30.  The final three films, which deal with women in jazz, bebop, and Latin jazz, will be shown in the fall at a venue to be announced.  Dr. Natalie Kreutzer, professor of music at the U of I, will lead a discussion of each spring session’s award-winning documentary.  Dr. Kreutzer is an expert on music education as well as on early through swing era jazz.

More information on the University of Idaho Library can be found at www.lib.uidaho.edu.

Modified: Friday May 15, 2009