America’s Music: Blues & Gospel and Swing Jazz

America's MusicCome celebrate the history of American music at the Columbia Public Library with six nights of film and discussion. Throughout October and November, the library will host a series of programs featuring excerpts from popular documentaries like “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues” and “Jazz : A Film By Ken Burns.” Faculty members from the University of Missouri will be on hand to introduce the films and lead discussion. The series kicks off with Blues and Gospel on October 7 and Swing Jazz on October 14. These programs are free and open to the public (no registration required). Visit for more details and a full list of events.

Blues and GospelFeel Like Going Home
Monday, October 7 › 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Explore the birth of the blues from its African roots to prominence in Memphis, Chicago, New York and beyond with two short films, “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, Episode 1″ and “Say Amen, Somebody,” and discussion led by Dr. Maya Gibson, professor of musicology.

Swing JazzSwing Jazz
Monday, October 14 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Explore a century of jazz styles including America’s first integrated all-woman swing band with two short films, “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” and Ken Burns’ “Jazz Episode 6: The Velocity of Celebration,” and a discussion led by Dr. Michael Budds, professor of musicology at MU.

In addition to these film screenings, there will be related musical performances at the Blue Note and the MU School of Music and panel discussions conducted by MU at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. These events may be paid events and require registration.

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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