Jazz at the Sumter County Library


The Sumter County Library presents "Hip to the Jive: A History of Jazz" in May. This project is possible partially due to a grant from the Sumter County Cultural Commission which receives support from the John and Susan Bennett Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC, the South Carolina Arts Commission and the National Endowment of the Arts.

The library will provide a list of jazz resources, a display inside the Main Library, a Jazz Poetry contest, two documentary showings and a jazz concert. All programs are free, take place in the Main Meeting Room at Main, and open to the public.

Documentary: A Great Day in Harlem - Friday, May 4th @ 6:30pm
This is the story of a 1958 black and white group portrait of 57 notable jazz musicians photographed on a street in Harlem, New York City. Never before have so many jazz legends been in one place together.

Jazz Poetry Contest - Entries due May 7th
We invite anyone 17 and older to write one or two jazz poems. The winner receives a $25 dollar gift card to Olive Garden and a jazz DVD. Entry forms can be found at any library location.

Documentary: Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense
Friday, May 11th @ 6:30pm
Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense is a documentary film that captures the new wave of jazz that is capturing the minds and hearts of listeners.

Lecture: A History of Jazz by Dr. Stephen Thursby
Tuesday, May 15th @ 6:00pm
Dr. Thursby of the University of South Carolina - Sumter will discuss the history of jazz.

Jazz Concert with the Dr. Dick Goodwin Duo - Friday, May 18th @ 6:30pm
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Goodwin of the University of South Carolina - Columbia will break out his trumpet for a lively jazz concert for all to enjoy.

We hope to see you at the Sumter County Library to explore the culture and history of jazz!
For more information, visit http://sumtercountylibrary.org/.