America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway series at Owens Community College is designed to provide an introduction to genres that are deeply embedded in our culture. On Tuesday, February 12, the series explores the history of jazz, which kicks off with a performance by the Owens Jazz Ensemble followed by the viewing of two documentaries, Ken Burns’ Jazz and The International Sweethearts of Rhythm. The Ken Burns Jazz documentary portrays the history of jazz from its beginnings in New Orleans, Chicago and Harlem through the modern day movements of fusion and avant-garde. The International Sweethearts of Rhythm follows the band of the same name who was America’s first all-girl, racially-integrated jazz ensemble.
Free. 7pm. Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Owens Community College. 30335 Oregon Road Perrysburg. 567-661-7000. www.owens.edu —GMK