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Library series on America’s music to feature scholar, film clips, live performances

Some of the Hampton Roads area’s best musicians -- including the Jae Sinnett Trio, Latin Jazz Conspiracy and more -- are coming to Main Street Library for the free six-week program "America's Music."

Music performers announced

Macedonia Baptist Church Choir will perform 7:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, for the “America’s Music:” Blues and Gospel Music program at Main Street Library.

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Newport News, Va. 2013 Jan 16

Some of the Hampton Roads area’s best musicians -- including the Jae Sinnett Trio, Latin Jazz Conspiracy and more -- are coming to Main Street Library. Blues, gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and more will be featured in February, March and April as part of the Library’s six-week program series. The events include documentary film screenings, scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music and live performances.

Free and open to the public, the series “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” will be presented by the Newport News Public Library System with funding from the Friends of the Newport News Public Library, the Library’s Herbert H. Neisser Fund and a grant from 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.

The Newport News Public Library System is one of 50 sites nationwide selected to host this program series and one of only two in Virginia.

“America’s Music” at Main Street Library
Each session is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Main Street Library and includes film clips, discussion led by Kelly Rossum, assistant professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies at Christopher Newport University, and a musical performance. The film screening and discussion are 6:30-7:30, and the performance is 7:30-8:30 p.m. No registration is required.

• Feb. 5: The Blues and Gospel Music featuring “Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Episode 1, Feel Like Going Home” (2003) and “Say Amen, Somebody” (1990) and live performance by the Macedonia Baptist Church Choir
• Feb. 19: Tin Pan Alley and Broadway featuring “Broadway: The American Musical, Episode 2” (2004) and live performance by the Menchville High School Show Choir
• March 12: Swing Jazz featuring Ken Burns’ Jazz (2001) and “International Sweethearts of Rhythm” (1986) and live performance by the Jae Sinnett Trio
• March 26: Bluegrass and Country Music featuring “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass” (1994) and live performance by the Kountry Kickers Clogging Team
• April 2: Rock featuring “The History of Rock n’ Roll: Episode 6” (1995) and live performance by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Band
• April 23: From Mambo to Hip Hop featuring “From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale” (2006) and “Latin Music, USA: Episode One” (2009) and live performance by the Latin Jazz Conspiracy

About Kelly Rossum
Rossum is an international trumpet artist, improviser, composer and scholar. He has been invited to perform at multiple International Trumpet Guild Conferences, including Sydney, Australia, and Bangkok, Thailand, as well as repeat appearances at the Festival of New Trumpet Music and the Atlanta Trumpet Festival. He has performed everything from lead trumpet at New York’s famed Birdland jazz club to natural trumpet in Bad Säckingen, Germany. As a recording artist, Rossum has released four albums as a leader and has appeared on more than 40 recordings as a sideman.

Before coming to Christopher Newport University, he was visiting assistant professor of trumpet and director of jazz studies at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and trumpet instructor and founder of the Jazz Program at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Minn., one of the nation’s largest community music schools.

About “America’s Music”
“America’s Music” is a project by 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.

“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th-century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series.

The onset of the 20th century brought pervasive changes to American society. During the early part of the century, these social changes combined with new technologies to create a mass market for popular music that evolved over the next hundred years. The “America’s Music” series is not meant to offer an all-inclusive treatment of 20th-century American popular music. Instead, each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination.

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