IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO THE LIBRARY ON JULY 7, YOU CAN WATCH THIS
EVENT VIA THE LIBRARY’S LIVE STREAM SITE
The 2018 Fayetteville Public Library Summer Author Series will conclude on Saturday, July 7 at 2 pm with a presentation by author Stephen Koch. He will discuss his book, Louis Jordan: Son of Arkansas, Father of R & B.
Arkansas-born Louis Jordan wrote songs like “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Caldonia” and “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens” that can still be heard today. In his five-decade career, Jordan influenced American popular music and film as well as inspiring the likes of James Brown, B.B. King, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. Known as the “King of the Jukeboxes,” he and his combo played a hybrid of jazz, swing, blues and comedy music during the big band era that became the start of R&B. In a stunning narrative portrait of Louis Jordan, author Stephen Koch contextualizes the great, forgotten musician among his musical peers, those he influenced and the musical present.
Stephen Koch hosts the syndicated weekly radio show Arkansongs, which examines and celebrates Arkansas music and musicians. Each week, award-winning journalist and author Stephen Koch explores the people, places and music that have elevated Arkansas to one of the most important states in creating the American musical vernacular, which has influenced music worldwide.