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Eric Jackson on Jazz; February 2, 9, and 23, 2020

A three-part series:
Community Room, Needham Free Public Library
1139 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Free and open to the public
Refreshments
Sponsored by the Friends of the Needham Public Library

The Friends of the Needham Public Library invite the community to attend a three-part lecture series led by Eric Jackson, the celebrated host of WGBH's "Eric in the Evening" radio program and the "Dean of Boston Jazz Radio".

Over the course of three Sundays in February, Jackson will review notable moments in jazz history, with a focus on the great artists Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Over the years, Jackson has hosted more than 3,000 interviews with music greats ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Ornette Coleman to Dizzy Gillespie. Jackson was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and raised in Camden, New Jersey. He came to Boston in 1968 to attend Boston University and became a regular part of the WGBH lineup in 1977 with "Artists in the Night", an overnight jazz music showcase. "Eric in the Evening" debuted in 1981 and with it, his emergence as one of public broadcasting's most popular on-air personalities.

Jackson is also a member of the Northeastern University faculty where he teaches "The African American Experience Through Music". WGBH recently celebrated Jackson's more than 40 years on-air with "Eric Jackson Week", and he was recognized by jazz impresario George Wein, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Senator Elizabeth Warren. Jackson also has been recognized by the Massachusetts College of Art as one of the 100 most culturally influential Bostonians of the 20th century.

Eric Jackson hosts "Eric in the Evening" Friday through Sunday evenings from 9:00 PM to midnight on FM 89.7 WGBH. Featuring the best in classic and contemporary jazz, as well as in-depth looks at great artists, live interviews and performances from the WGBH studios, "Eric in the Evening" is Boston radio's signature jazz program.

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