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Let's Talk About It! Fall 2018


Looking at Jazz: America’s Art Form




Alternate Monday Evenings
6:30 p.m.
August 27, 2018
November 5, 2018


at the

Carteret County Public Library

1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516


        The Carteret  County Public Library proudly presents the latest in this popular music and film discussion series.
     Your insights are the   focus of the sessions. Our guest humanities scholar,
Joe Gomez, acts as a guide, leading discussions about how the music and films inform and enrich our lives.
     The Friends of Carteret County Public Library provide matching funds for the “Let’s Talk About It” series.


The series is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.



Sunday, November 4

Live jazz event at the Backstreet Pub!



     Looking At Jazz, America’s Art Form explores the cultural and social history of jazz as it developed as an art form invented in early 20th century America. It 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.

Discussion Schedule



1. Monday, August 27

6:30 p.m.—8:45 p.m.


Origins of Jazz: Social, Political, & Racial Aspects.
Selections from “Gumbo”  Episode 1 of Ken Burns’ JAZZ. Discussion.


2. Monday, September 10

6:30 p.m.—8:45 p.m.


The 20’s and Beyond: Three Legendary Figures —“Louis, Bix, and Duke”. Selections from Ken Burns’ JAZZ —“The Gift” and “Our Language”



3. Monday, September  24 **POSTPONED**

6:30 p.m.—8:45 p.m.


What is Swing? Screening and discussion of Oren Jacoby’s “Benny Goodman and the Kingdom of Swing” (60 minutes) and “Swing Tanzen Verboten” the Nazi attempt to ban jazz in Germany. Extract from “Swing under the Swastika”



4. Monday, October 8

6:30 p.m.—8:45 p.m.


Women in Jazz. Screening and discussion of Matthew Seig’s “Lady Day: the Many Faces of Billie Holiday” (60 minutes).


5. Monday, October 22

6:30 p.m.— 8:45 p.m.


What is Bop? Screening and discussion of Gary Giddens & Kendrick Simmons’ “Celebrating Bird: the Triumph of Charlie Parker” (60 minutes).


6. Monday, November 5

6:30 p.m. 8:45 p.m.


What is Modern Jazz? Selections from Charlotte Zerwin’s “Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser”. Miles Davis & John Coltrane. International Influences. Where is jazz today? Kamasi Washington.


Program Sponsors


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.


Friends of Carteret County Public Library provide matching funds for the “Let’s Talk About It” book series.

Past “Let’s Talk About It” Series

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