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Memphis Central Library and Levitt Shell Present Free Jazz Series

International Jazz Month is coming up and this year The Levitt Shell will partner with The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library to present #5FridaysofJazz. The first concert of the free series will begin on Friday, March 4th with the Memphis Standard Time Quartet. All of the events will take place from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and will be free to the public.


All concerts will take place from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. (3030 Poplar Ave.)

  • March, 4 2016
    Memphis Standard Time Quartet
  • March, 18 2016
    Carl & Alan Maguire’s Quintet featuring Alvie Givhan
  • April 1, 2016
    Rhodes College Jazz Band and Faculty Plater featuring Joyce Cobb
  • April 15, 2016
    Paul Mckinny & The Knights of Jazz
  • April 29, 2016
    Bill Hurd Jazz Ensemble

The partnership between two of Memphis’ strongest art supporters aim to introduce the public to some of the library’s other vast resources, music.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with the Levitt Shell in these premier events,” said Central Library Manager Stacey Smith. “This is a great opportunity for the Library to showcase a different side of our customers – music lovers who love jazz!”

Guests attending will have the chance to view the library’s wide array of locally recorded music that features more than 1,000 vinyl records, 900 CDs, and cassettes with genres ranging from jazz to garage rock, country to rap and everything else on the Memphis music spectrum.

“Each jazz ensemble performing at these free concerts is a celebration of the rich musical history that originated in Memphis and extends into so many genres in many places,” said Henry Nelson, Strategic Partnerships Coordinator with the Levitt Shell.. “This is an exciting time to be experiencing and enjoying more of what you will hear on the Levitt Shell stage in seasons to come!”

The free concert series will take place in the library’s courtyard and will also feature after-hour drinks, food and dancing under the stars.

“The real experience is the after hours with music, dancing if you choose, food and drinks beneath the stars,” added Nelson. “The aesthetic beauty of Central Library’s courtyard is the perfect setting, and it’s free. Let’s not forget that!”

The library will also be offering a more complete food menu, but you have to order it at least 36 hours in advance. You can call 901-278-0028 or email See the catering menu here.

For more info go here or call the library at (901) 415-2700.

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