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Author of Book on Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce Musical Tradition
to Speak at Ralph Ellison Library

Thinking of Oklahoma music, most people would think first of Woody Guthrie, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, or maybe Hoyt Axton—good choices all.

But folk and country music don’t cover the entire spectrum of Oklahoma music.  The music of Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce district was jazz and the names to think about are Charlie Christian, and the Oklahoma City Blue Devils, a group that was the seed from which Count Basie’s orchestra grew.

Anita Arnold, author of the book “Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond,” will be speaking at the Ralph Ellison Library on Saturday, October 2 from 2:00 to 3:30p.m. about her book and the music it chronicles.

“There is no better place to talk about the origins of jazz in Deep Deuce than the Ralph Ellison Library,” said librarian Jean Longo.  “Mr. Ellison was a hot trumpeter as a young man, and his essays on jazz are among the best and most authoritative ever written.”

The Deep Deuce district was located during the 1920s and 1930s just north of current Bricktown.  It was a small area to have produced so many great musicians.

“We’re happy to bring Anita Arnold to our library,” Longo said, “and I know she’ll be a great speaker.”

Ralph Ellison Library’s “Oklahoma City Music: Deep Deuce and Beyond” is free and open to the public.

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, ww.metrolibrary.org. 

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.