Take Three, a series of jazz concerts for all ages at the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, will kick off Saturday.
The free concerts will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at the library, 8959 E. Tanque Verde Road.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, they will continue Aug. 17 and Sept. 21.
Saturday's concert will feature the River Road Ramblers, an ensemble comprising cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, piano and drums playing Dixieland Jazz.
Dixieland is a style of jazz that originated in New Orleans during the 1920s, characterized by lively group improvisations of blues, jazzy marches and oldtime popular songs.
The second concert will be a performance by the Klezmopolitans. This quartet of clarinet/sax, violin, guitar and string bass will present jazz in the swing style.
Swing, a style in vogue from around 1935 to 1945, is characterized by a strong, danceable beat and solo improvisation. American popular standards as well as the music of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman will be included.
The Klezmopolitans return for the third concert, playing a selection of jazz tunes composed after World War II. This concert will feature a variety of post-war styles including the vigorous rhythms and virtuoso solo improvisations of bebop and Latin jazz, a merger of American jazz with Latin-American rhythms.
For more information, call the library at 594-5275.
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