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    Vanessa RubinVanessa Rubin, born and raised in Cleveland, is among the finest of today's contemporary jazz singers.  After working in Cleveland, she moved to New York City and released her first record for Novus in 1992. Influenced by Carmen McRae, Sarah Vaughan, and Betty Carter, she continues to record for Telarc and perform in various venues including her Sing Dameron! The Tadd Dameron Vocal Legacy at the Kennedy Center in 2005. 

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    Joe LovanoBorn and raised in the Greater Cleveland area, Joe Lovano has been one of the most recognizable tenor saxophone players in jazz for the last twenty years. His versatile playing style has placed him in many unique situations from the basic jazz quartet to duos, nonets, and big bands. His series of recordings for Blue Note Records have won awards from Downbeat magazine and his 52nd Street Themes was nominated for a Grammy in 2006. He has periodically returned to Cleveland to share his talent and play tribute to his roots.

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    copyrightDid you know that whenever you write a poem or story or even a paper for your class, or a drawing or other artwork, you automatically own the copyright to it. Copyright is a form of protection given to the authors or creators of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works. What that means is that, as the author of the work, you alone have the right to do any of the following or to let others do any of the following:

    make copies of your work distribute copies of your work perform your work publicly such as for plays, film, etc. display your...

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    La GuirlandeMany of us may have tried stenciling as a way of decorating our home. This technique has been in use for centuries going back to cave paintings in prehistoric Europe and in images found in China along the Asian silk route.  In Paris during the early part of the 20th century, stenciling (known as pochoir in French)  was used in some limited-edition magazines and books associated with interior design and haute couture fashion. The library is lucky to own examples of these works, some of which are on display in Special Collections on the third floor of the Main Library until the end of April, 2008....

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    Albert AylerAlbert Ayler expanded the expressive possibilities of jazz saxophone and helped to develop the free jazz of the 1960s. Born in Cleveland, he carried his music first to Europe and then to New York City bringing the ecstasy of gospel music into jazz. He worked with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, and Sonny Rollins; his own groups included his brother Donald, Gary Peacock, Sunny Murray, Charles Tyler, and Ronald Shannon Jackson. He influenced his contemporaries like Rollins, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, and Pharoah Sanders, and is an influence today on younger players including David Murray, Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, and Mats Gustafsson.

     

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    CPL and the American Library Association are joining the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History to kickoff Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) during the month of April. CPL's JAM will pay tribute to a featured jazz artist over the next few weeks.

     

    TADD DAMERON - CLEVELAND JAZZ GREATTadd Dameron

    Tadd Dameron, born in Cleveland, was a notable arranger and bandleader during the modern jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s. As a bandleader, he discovered trumpeters Fats Navarro and Clifford Brown, and composed many jazz standards. His arranging style influenced many jazz musicians including hard...

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    GuitaristsThe Cleveland Public Library’s Fine Arts Department is pleased to present a program of classical guitar music this Saturday, April 5th, 2008, at 2pm. The performers will be Jonathan Godfrey and Benjamin Kunkel, both Master of Music candidates at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Music performed will feature solo guitar works by Scarlatti, Sor, Villa-Lobos, Torroba, Mangoré, and Brindle. Please join us at 2pm this Saturday on the 3rd floor of Main Library for an afternoon of classical guitar. For more information, please call the Fine Arts Department at 216.623.2848....

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