Five Fridays of Jazz

Five Fridays of Jazz

April 9 – May 7

Five Fridays of Jazz is back! All shows will be streamed on Facebook. Join us on Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library’s Facebook page on the dates and times below. Also, look for curated book lists for each concert from Memphis Public Librarians! Here is a list of upcoming shows, or you can skip to past shows.

upcoming shows

michael august
friday, april 16, 7:00 PM

Our show tonight will feature multi-instrumentalist, multi-talented, Michael August. Slide ukulele, harmonica, blues, and jazz. Maybe some banjo and dobro. Prepare to look at the ukulele and the blues in a whole new way. 

experience jazz & blues book list

Memphis Public Librarians have picked out these book titles to coincide with this concert. Take a look!

Kallen Esperian with Gary Beard
friday, april 23, 7:00 PM

Our show tonight features Kallen Esperian with Gary Beard.

Kallen Esperian catapulted onto the international opera stage as a winner of the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition in her early twenties, becoming one of the leading sopranos of our time. She has paired with such opera greats as Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo, and José Carreras, appearing on various stages around the world. Kallen has participated in unique and wide-ranging musical projects, from recording Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” to rapping with “Aristocrunk” masters Lord T & Eloise. While still performing opera, Esperian makes her home in Memphis, Tennessee, close to her mother’s Mississippi beginnings. 

Gary Beard has performed as organ, piano and tenor soloist, conductor, and accompanist at a diverse list of music centers. Until recently, he was Artist-in-Residence at Lindenwood Church in Memphis, TN, where he has developed one of the country’s most acclaimed music programs. He is also a Music Consultant at Theatre Memphis and has been the recipient of numerous local theatre awards for Best Musical Direction. He continues to perform throughout the country as a part of the trumpet/keyboard duo Anthony and Beard

Lisa Nobumoto and Her Sizzling Six
friday, april 30, 7:00 pm

Our show tonight will feature Lisa Nobumoto and her Sizzling Six.

Lisa Nobumoto and the Sizzling Six offer a joyful and hope-filled sound, mixing the nuances of today with the wisdom of yesterday. Nobumoto brings with her the incredible true sounds of the distinctive jazz generation. Her unique phrasing and technique was inspired by the late musical genius and pioneer, tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards, of whom she was a protégé. The authentic be-bop, blues, and ballads singer has an edge of contemporary jazz, and the band’s irresistible elegance and skilled musical performance will make for an unforgettable night!

friday, may 7, 7:00 PM

Yubu is a musician based in Memphis TN, originally from Nairobi, Kenya.

His experience with different music genres and cultures in America, East Africa, West Africa and Europe has molded him to have a unique perspective on the global music scene. Yubu was raised in a family of journalists, and quickly realized the power of media at a young age. Since then he has explored the diverse world of digital media, including but not limited to creating and performing his own music.

Yubu’s style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic and electrifying — fusing bluesrock, funk, afrobeat, and reggae, into a tasteful listening experience. The energy and passion which resonates from Yubu’s songs is sure to be felt by a global audience. From the strum of the guitar and the conviction of his vocals, the catchy-nostalgic melodies, to the thought provoking lyrics, Yubu aims to create an unforgettable live music experience for music lovers everywhere. 

past shows

Lisa Webb Jazz Revue
friday, april 9, 7:00 PM

Our show tonight is “From the Twenties to the Twenties”, featuring Lisa Webb on piano, voice and ukulele. Join us for a great armchair adventure through a century of jazz – the styles, singers of blues, swing and cool! Come along as Lisa takes you from Bessie Smith through Ella, Frank, Jobim and beyond – to a couple of her own jazz originals.

We’re gonna have a swinging, singing and strummin’ good time!

jazz music and history book list

Memphis Public Librarians have picked out these book titles to coincide with this concert. Take a look!

Missed the concert? Watch it here!

Five Fridays of Jazz is sponsored by the Memphis Library Foundation and presented in conjunction with Levitt Shell.