Birmingham Public Library
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Birmingham, Alabama 35203
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America's Music
Celebrate America’s music! America's Music is a series of public programs created by the Tribeca Film Institute™ in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in consultation with the Society for American Music. The programs feature documentary screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th century American popular music. The sessions will focus on uniquely American musical genres: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock 'n' roll, and mambo and hip hop. 
 
Film/Discussion Series Performances, Lectures, and Exhibition

Blues and Gospel Music

The Blues and Gospel Music
Southside Branch Library
August 10, 2013, 2-4 p.m.


Explore the birth of the blues from its African roots to its eventual prominence in places like Memphis, Chicago, New York and beyond.

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Films Featured:
1. Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues Episode 1 Feel Like Going Home
2. Say Amen, Somebody

Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

Broadway and Tin Pan Alley

Central Library
August 24, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

The 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life.

Filmography Bibliography Discography Websites

Film Featured:
Broadway: The American Musical Episode 2: Syncopated City

Swing Jazz

Swing Jazz

Springville Road Regional Branch Library
September 7, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Spans nearly a century of jazz styles, while also highlighting America's first integrated all-women swing band.

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Films Featured:
1. International Sweethearts of Rhythm
2. Ken Burns' Jazz Episode 6: Swing, The Velocity of Celebration

Country and Blue Grass

Country and Blue Grass
Avondale Regional Branch Library
September 21, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Traces the emergence of bluegrass from Appalachian descendants of Scotch-Irish settlers into a popular subgenre of country music.

Filmography Bibliography Discography Websites

Film Featured:
High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music

Rock

Rock
Five Points West Regional Branch Library
October 5, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

Moving between past and present to explore the birth of the blues out of the Mississippi Delta.

Filmography Bibliography Discography Websites

Film Featured:
The History of Rock n’ Roll: Episode 6, Plugging In

Latin Rhythm from Mambo to Hip Hop


Latin Rhythm From Mambo to Hip Hop
North Birmingham Regional Branch Library
October 19, 2013, 2-4 p.m.

How mambo—the Cuban hybrid of traditional danson fused with syncopated Afro-Caribbean rhythms—migrated to New York City from Havana in the 1940s and broke social and musical rules.

Filmography Bibliography Discography Websites

Films Featured:
1. Latin Music USA Episode 1: Bridges
2. From Mambo to Hip-Hop A South Bronx Tale



Dr. Anthony Pattin

Gospel and Blues with Dr. Anthony Pattin
Central Library
August 13, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Anthony Pattin, Professor Emeritus, University of Montevallo will discuss and perform American musical styles that preceded the advent of American gospel music. He will also discuss the influence of the styles on American and European classical composers.


Elnora Spencer, Shar Baby, Debbie Bond

Alabama Blues Women

Central Library
August 22, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Debbie Bond, Shar Baby, and Elnora Spencer will sing the blues.

Dr. Frank Adams Book Jacket

Dr. Frank Adams: A Man and His Music
Central Library
September 10, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

North Birmingham Regional Branch Library
September 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Frank Adams, a jazz clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader will discuss his autobiography Doc: The Story of a Birmingham Jazz Man and perform several pieces of jazz.

Jazzy Blues

An Evening of Jazzy Blues

North Birmingham Regional Branch Library
September 10, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Legendary jazz great, Cleve Eaton has invited several friends to join him for an evening of jazzy blues. Elnora Spencer, Diane McNaron, and Ray Reach will present an evening of music and song.

Broadway Review

Broadway Review
West End Library
September 10, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Royce Brown and special guest Nfrwi will share an introduction to Broadway with favorite musical numbers from many Broadway shows such as Porgy and Bess, The Wiz, and South Pacific.

Act of Congress

Act of Congress in Concert
Central Library
September 20, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

The Birmingham-based acoustic band Act of Congress will perform bluegrass and newgrass music.

Cottonmouth Creek Trio

Cottonmouth Creek Trio
Springville Road Regional Branch Library
October 1, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

The Cottonmouth Creek Trio, a subset of the Cottonmouth Creek Bluegrass Band, will play a mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, original music, and bluegrass adaptation of other musical genres. The group's emphasis will be on vocal harmonies and hot instrumental licks.

Cauthen

Jim and Joyce Cauthen
Springville Road Regional Branch Library
October 8, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Fiddlers, Banjo Players and Strawbeaters: Alabama’s First Pop Musicians

Joyce and Jim Cauthen will discuss the early fiddles of Alabama, the musicians who played them and the popularity of this music in their communities. African-Americans and their pivotal role in developing the music will be featured during the talk. Jim Cauthen will demonstrate fiddle tunes that have been specifically mentioned in historical writings, slave narratives and early newspapers of Alabama. The audience will hear musical styles and tunes that are seldom heard today.

The Peytones

The Peytones
Five Points West Regional Library
October 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m.

Peyton Grant, Aaron Branson, Allen Barlow and Mark Lanter make up the The Peytones. The musical group will perform rock and roll music from the best and most well known musicians from the rock and roll era.

Mark Lanter

Why Study the Beatles
Central Library
October 16, 12 p.m.

Performing professionally since the age of 14, Mark Lanter has maintained a busy and varied musical career. As one of the top drum set players in the southeastern region, he continues a steady schedule of performance and teaching. He currently performs with Henri’s Notions, the UA Jazz Faculty, and his own groups Mark Lanter Review, The Peytones, Black Jacket Symphony, and Bonus Round while teaching private lessons and Jazz Studies at the University of Alabama, and African American Music and Jazz History at The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Join us for a fun and informative talk about one of the most popular groups of all time - The Beatles!


Alabama Blues Women

Red, Hot and Blue: A Spotlight on Alabama Blues Womenstrong>
Central Library
August 12 – September 6, 2013

 In 2005 the Alabama Blues Project launched a traveling exhibition on Alabama blues women called Red, Hot and Blue: A Spotlight on Alabama Blues Women. The exhibition includes beautiful text panels featuring Dinah Washington, Big Mama Thornton, Lucille Bogan, Coot Grant, Odetta, Lil Greenwood, and Vera Hall. The Alabama Blues Project’s mission is to preserve and promote Alabama blues.
Sponsors

"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. "America's Music" has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: "Exploring the Human Endeavor."  





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