Indianapolis: The Music City presented by author David Leander Williams

Indianapolis JazzAdults and families are invited to join author David Leander Williams as he charts the rise and fall of Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis, which produced some of the nation's most influential jazz artists, during a program entitled, "Indianapolis: The Music City," on Tuesday, September 2 at 6 p.m. at the Eagle Branch, 3325 Lowry Road.

Williams is the author of Indianapolis Jazz: The Masters, Legends and Legacy of Indiana Avenue, the "Black Broadway" of Indianapolis. During this program, Williams will discuss the city's place in the history of American music and the many performance venues that once lined the vibrant thoroughfare. Indiana Avenue was an important stop on the Chitlin' Circuit and provided platforms for jazz greats, including Freddie Hubbard and Jimmy Coe. Williams' biography of Indiana Avenue gives readers a chance to meet scores of other musicians who came to prominence in the Avenue's heyday, including trombonist J.J. Johnson and guitarist Wes Montgomery, as well as songwriters Noble Sissle and Leroy Carr.

Williams also is a collector of memorabilia, historical artifacts and information about African-American history, particularly slavery, but his first love is music. He holds a BA in Spanish and Portuguese from Colorado State University and an MA in International Studies & Middle Eastern Affairs from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

For more information about this free Library program, call 275-4340.