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Jazz Pizzazz with Martha Stallings Comes to Bethany Library

Cool off in August with some hot summer jazz. 

The Bethany Library, 3510 N, Mueller, presents Jazz Pizzazz with singer Martha Stallings on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 2 to 3pm.  Stallings’ program is composed of contemporary and vintage jazz. 

“We want to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,” said librarian Sharon Nolan, “by remembering that New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz.  And who better to introduce young listeners to jazz than Martha Stallings, whose concerts in other libraries around the Metropolitan Library System have been wildly successful?”

Jazz is a musical style that was born from the black experience in the early 20th Century.

“Anyone who listens to Martha sing and then gets more interested in jazz,” Nolan added, “and that will be just about everyone, can then watch the ten-part TV documentary on the history of jazz that Ken Burns made about five years ago.  It’s available for free checkout at the library.

“The music is timeless, and there’s nothing like hearing it performed live by a great singer.”

“Jazz Pizzazz with Martha Stallings” is free and open to the public.  The performance is suitable for all ages.  Call Bethany Library at 789-8363 for more information.  And to learn about all MLS programs, visit the website at www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.