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Columbia-born musicians to be featured during a jazz and blues talk Dec. 1

Cream and sugar with your blues and jazz?

Stirring up down home cultural awareness about 19th century local musicians who created music that contributed to the development of blues and jazz will be the order of the morning Thursday, December 1 at 11:30, at Thomas Cooper Society’s annual holiday coffee, followed and augmented by a multi-author book signing.

The public invitation is for Holiday Jazz: Musicians Born in Columbia in the 19th century and the purveyor of information will be Benjamin Franklin V who now has authored two books on the subjects; both are University of South Carolina (USC) Press releases and are available on-line.

First, Franklin wrote “Blues and Jazz Musicians of South Carolina,” and the depth and breadth of research could hardly be contained by just one book, so this USC distinguished emeritus professor of English released, earlier this year, “The Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians.” It is from this more recent volume that Franklin has drawn his observations for the morning program.

To make the cup of Joe drinkable in the allotted time, Franklin has narrowed him emphasis to a handful of musicians born right here in the Midlands. The talents of Emerson Harper, Hamtree Harrington, Billy Higgins, Hezekiah Jenkins and Thomas Pinckney will dominate the talk.

Following the holiday talk, Franklin will sign books and will be joined at tables around the room by: Stephen Chesley, Walter Edgar, West Fraser, Jacob E. Rivers II and Monica Wyrick. To RSVP for this free talk with music event, contact Zelda Hilton zmhilton@mailbox.sc.edu, 803 777 8240. Access into the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library is through Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene Street.

By Rachel Haynie of Palmetto Artifacts

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