Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Memorial Library Presents The History of Jazz Through Song


On Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will host “The History of Jazz through Song,” presented by musician Gordon James. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

This program is a mix of lecture and music that covers the origins of jazz and the blues, ragtime, Dixieland, big band, bebop, cool jazz, Latin jazz, jazz fusion and the smooth jazz eras. Mr. James, who has performed at the library many times, will take the audience on a journey through the different eras of jazz with words and song to create a perfect blend of history, songs and humor.

A composer, flugelhornist and trumpeter, Mr. James is a seasoned performer and bandleader. A graduate of The Interlochen Arts Academy and The Hartt College of Music, he has studied and performed with such artists as trumpeter Ted Curson, a Charles Mingus alumni; saxophonist Eric Kloss; Johnny Guitar Watson; Chuck Loeb; Bob Baldwin; James Lloyd; Gil Parris; Josh Dion; cellist David Darling and saxophonist Paul Winter.

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Of his music, he says, “The flugelhorn and muted trumpet are perfect for conveying the passion of my compositions.”

The program is free and open to the Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Call the Westfield Library to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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