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Summer Music Sizzles At Belle Isle Library

Cool off in August with some hot summer jazz. 

The Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, presents a Sizzlin' Summer Jazz Concert with singer Martha Stallings on Saturday, August 8, 2009, from 2 to 3pm.  Stallings’ program is composed of musical standards with contemporary and vintage jazz. 

“We’re very excited that Martha Stallings accepted our invitation to perform at the Belle Isle Library,” said librarian Ann Meeks.  “She’s a wonderful singer and this is a great opportunity to introduce young people who may not be familiar with this kind of music to a real treat.”

Jazz is a musical style that was born from the black experience in the early 20th Century.

“Anyone who listens to Martha sing and then gets more interested in jazz,” Meeks added, “and that will be just about everyone, can then watch the ten-part TV documentary on the history of jazz that Ken Burns made about five years ago.  It’s available for free checkout at the library.

“The music is timeless, and there’s nothing like hearing it performed live by a great singer.”

“A Sizzlin' Summer Jazz Concert” is free and open to the public.  The performance is suitable for all ages.  Call Belle Isle Library at 843-9601 for more information.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.