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Lectures: Cincinnati's African American Jazz Artists

By Steve Rosen · February 16th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

Black History Month is the perfect time to learn about two African American Cincinnati natives, Frank Foster and George Russell, who are among the most important influences on the critically important contemporary, progressive stream of American Jazz. On Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Reading Garden of the downtown main library, Reference Librarian Dan Aren will talk about the careers of those two important musicians (pianist/composer/theorist Russell died last year; saxophonist/big-band leader/composer Foster is still active).

He'll also discuss the role of others in Cincinnati Jazz history and play recordings from the library's collection. After the talk, the CCM Jazz Combo will play as part of the library's ongoing Jazz of the Month Club concert series.

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