America's Music at Austin's Libraries

Austin Public Library gets noisy for this music doc series

Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald (Photo by Carl Van Vechten/via Library of Congress)

At least one of Austin's libraries is going to be a little louder than usual for the next six weeks.

Starting tonight, the Terrazas Branch Library will host six nights of music documentaries as part of the Tribeca Film Institute's America's Music series. The Austin Public Library received a $2,500 grant to put on the series, which will be hosted by Caroline O'Meara, an assistant professor of musicology at the University of Texas at Austin.

So stop by tonight for the first installment, Swing Jazz, and then carve out some time on your next few Tuesdays for toe-tapping your way through American music history.

The full series includes:

Swing Jazz (March 26): International Sweethearts of Rhythm, excerpts from Ken Burns' Jazz
Country and Bluegrass (April 2): High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music
The Blues and Gospel (April 9): excerpts from Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues, Say Amen, Somebody
Broadway and Tin Pan Alley (April 16): excerpts from Broadway: The American Musical
Rock (April 23): excerpts from The History of Rock n' Roll
Latin Rhythm From Mambo to Hip-Hop (April 30): excerpts from Latin Music USA, From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale

The series begins tonight with Swing Jazz at Terrazas Branch Library (1105 E. Cesar Chavez), 7pm.

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