Saturday Soul Music Series Kicks Off at Ralph Ellison Library


Here’s the advice Charlie Parker gave to his fellow-saxophonists: “You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.”

Everyone will have a chance to crave the wails at the Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 N.E. 23rd Street on Saturday, May 21, when the library kicks off its new “Saturday Soul Music” series with a saxophone concert.  The sounds will come out from 2:00-4:00p.m.  The event is free and suitable for all ages.

“Music,” said Michael Owens, the Ellison Library Manager of Library Operations, “especially jazz, was important to the life of author Ralph Ellison. So Ralph Ellison Library found it appropriate to begin a new live music series. First in the series is jazz music with a professional saxophone player leading the way”

Ellison, author of the 20th Century classic novel “Invisible Man,” was born in Oklahoma City in 1914.  His book won the National Book Award in 1953, and his essays on jazz and jazz musicians have become classics in their own right.

“We invite everyone to drop by the library on May 21 for good talk and good music,” Owens added. “We’re hoping the ‘Saturday Soul Music’ series will get off to a great start and become a part of our community for a long time to come.”           

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