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What We're Reading: May 2013

We're not just reading, we're listening to audiobooks and watching videos.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society [sound recording] by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

The lost art of mixing by Erica Bauermeister

Peyton Place [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a CinemaScope picture ; Jerry Wald's production

A wrinkle in time: the graphic novel by [Madeleine L'Engle] ; adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson ; [colored by Jenn Manley Lee]

Putumayo presents Jazz around the world [sound recording]

2011 Detroit Jazz Festival

This Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5, the 32nd Annual Detroit Jazz Festival will "Bring you the World" celebrating jazz's influence on the world and the world's influence on jazz. Artists from Japan, West Africa, Israel, England, The Netherlands, Brazil and a diverse collection of Detroit-based talent will perform. It's not ALL jazz, however, as gospel, latin, blues, funk and big band sounds will eminate throughout downtown Detroit. There will also be fireworks on Saturday night. Experience the largest free jazz festival in North America right here in Detroit and be sure to check the complete festival line-up.

Jazz for Kids

Looking for some music to help the kids chill out on these very hot days? Try some Jazz. Cool Jazz for Kids and Disney Songs the Satchmo Way are just two of the great selections of Jazz for kids. Classic crooners like Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong are some of the artists that will help your family beat the heat. More selections are available in the Children's Department. Stay cool!

Musical Entertainment this Summer in Canton!

Music will fill the air again this summer throughout town in the Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Four different ones to choose from; Monday Night in the Village, the 8th Annual Backyard Beats, Thursday Night Concerts and the Summer Jazz Series. Relax and enjoy Rock, Jazz, Country, Motown, and more with the whole family!

Detroit International Jazz Festival Celebrates its 31th Year!

America's Largest Free Jazz Festival comes to Detroit this Labor Day Weekend. Subtitled "Flamekeepers: Carrying the Torch of Modern Jazz" the DJF salutes the legacy of Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Betty Carter, Lester Bowie and Gil Evans. Sprawling over several city blocks in downtown Detroit, from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius, the festival offers fun for the whole family. From educational activities, storytelling, food and the launching of Jazz Planet.tv. The festival boasts five stages and 100 acts over the four day weekend which runs from Friday through Monday. A Complete list of Concerts and Events click on the DJF link.
Photo courtesy of AP Images

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month

'Jazz: a primarily American musical art form which originated in the early 20th century'.  Trying to define jazz beyond this becomes more difficult as the very nature of jazz is innovation. The musician, the instrument, the mood all impact what notes are played/heard.   Someone once said of jazz 'you'll know it when you hear it.'   Detroit's celebrating and a calendar of Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) celebrations is available at Key of G.  For more information about JAM checkout The Smithsonian's webpage.