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Stormy Weather: A Jazz Celebration

Mar 29, 2013

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April showers do bring May flowers, but the rain won’t last forever. So scat to the downbeat, come on and groove, just move your feet, as we endure this Stormy Weather.


April is Jazz Appreciation Month. The Special Collections and Archives would like to invite you to our Stormy Weather exhibit. Stormy Weather is a jazz standard song composed by Harold Arlen and written by Ted Koehler and created for the singer and bandleader Cab Calloway. In 1943 this song was turned into a musical movie starring well known jazz artist Lena Horne, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and tap dancer, actor Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. 


Our exhibit features many of the jazz artists who have graced Emporia State University with their presence in concerts and workshops. Names that you will find on our wall are clarinetist Pete Fountain, singer Janice Borla, the Bob Montgomery Jazz Quartet, Chicago Jazz Quintet, trombone player Urbie Green, Bass player Count Basie, singer Diana Reeves, Jazz drummer Roy Burns and the KSTC Jazz band.


You will also find a mural with great jazz artists such as bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding who was the first jazz artist to win Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy’s, phenomenal powerhouse singer Ella Fitzgerald, pianist and fly dresser Duke Ellington’s Orchestra who have made their way on one of the Emporia State University stages and also vibist Bobby Hutcherson who has done jazz workshops here at ESU.


The exhibit opened Monday, March 18th, 2013 and will be up through Friday, April 26th. Please stop by the Special Collections and Archives in William Allen White Library room 119 to learn more about ESU’s Jazz history and the various Jazz-related materials held in our collections.


                                                                                                                        ~ Shalyssa Mitchell

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