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Durham County Library Presents Let’s Talk About It: Jazz Series

Program: Let’s Talk About It: Jazz Series
Date: April 14
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host Let’s Talk About It: Jazz Series at 6:30 p.m. beginning on Thursday, April 14, at South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.

This six-week series (Thursdays, Apr. 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19) features viewings and discussions of select film, essays and other jazz resources. It will explore the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form invented in early 20th century America. Jazz has evolved into an enduring expression of creativity and innovation. The history of jazz is much more than the history of an extraordinary musical genre — it is also the story of central social, political and cultural issues of the 20th century that continue to play a part in our fledgling 21st. Presenters are Billy Yeargin, Jr. and Tess Mangum Ocaña. Registration is required.

Tess Mangum Ocaña is a seventh-generation North Carolinian and Indy Arts Award winner. Though she grew up in a musical family, she always felt her role in the family business was behind the scenes.

W. W. “Billy” Yeargin, Jr. is a native of Granville County, NC and holds degrees from both Oxford and Duke Universities. He has published three books on the history of tobacco, with two more books in the works.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, call 919-560-0282 or visit
Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Matthew Clobridge
919-560-0128 or

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