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February is Black History Month: America's Musical Heritage

Mural of African American musicians

The landscape of American music would be vastly poorer without the genius of African American music making. In celebration of Black History Month, here are five ways to explore that rich musical history in the San Jose Public Library catalog, in five different types of media formats:

Jazz (DVD)

A 10-episode exploration of the history of jazz by acclaimed documentarian Ken Burns.

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound (Book)

A narrative history of the Motown music label, by Coretta Scott King award winner Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Scott Joplin: Complete Piano Rags (Sheet Music)

Play the melodies of the “King of Ragtime,” including "The Entertainer" and "The Maple Leaf Rag."

Spirituals (AudioBook on CD)

African American opera soprano Wilhelmenia Fernandez interprets her favorite spirituals.

American R & B: Gospel Grooves, Funky Drummers, and Soul Power (eBook)

Journalist Aaron Mendelsohn's young adult guide to R&B features album and song suggestions.

Many more African American history resources for all ages can be found in San Jose Public Library's catalog.

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