Music you’ve probably heard about but have never heard before
These listening sessions share jazz on 78rpm record—the oldest and rarest records that capture truly high-quality sound. It’s like book club for jazz heads.
Taught by jazz historian, pianist, and collector Tom Roberts and held on zoom.
Our first session focuses on Bix Beiderbecke, The young man with a horn. Bix opened up a new world of emotional complexity coupled with a lyricism that influenced everyone from Lester Young to Miles Davis. Bix was the first jazz musician to gain inspiration from modern European classical composers like Ravel, Debussy and Stravinsky, and to incorporate their innovations within his own improvisations.
A consummate improviser, Bix never repeated himself.
Pianist/ composer/ arranger/ historian/ writer Tom Roberts has been acclaimed as one of the foremost practitioners in the art of Harlem Stride Piano. He has been a frequent performer for Jazz in July at the 92nd St Y, The 6th annual Professor Longhair Society’s Piano Night at Tipitinas New Orleans LA, Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops Orchestra, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and The International Stride Piano Summit in Zurich Switzerland.
This program will be conducted via the free video conferencing software Zoom and a Library staff member will be supervising the session. The Librarian coordinating the event will email each registrant a Zoom meeting invitation before the start of the program. Zoom is available as a free desktop (for Windows, MacOS, and Linux Operating systems) and mobile application for Android and Apple iOS devices. Once Zoom is installed, you will be able to join the virtual Library program.
Registration is required. By registering for this event you have agreed to comply with the library's patron behavior policy. All non-compliant participants will be immediately and permanently blocked from further participation. Because the Librarian facilitating the event will not be able to provide live technical support during the virtual program, it is strongly encouraged you familiarize yourself with Zoom in advance of the program. You can also contact the Library’s Virtual Reference Service for assistance learning Zoom. You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with Zoom. For more in-depth instructions please visit the Zoom support page on joining a meeting.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Mt. Lebanon Public Library.