WVU prof to talk about W.Va. black big band book

By Staff reports

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A West Virginia University music history professor will talk about his book to mark the state's sesquicentennial and Juneteenth celebrations.Christopher Wilkinson, author of "Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia, 1930-1942," will speak at the 110 Marshall venue in Beckley at 6:30 p.m. Friday.In his book, Wilkinson discusses his discovery of an often-forgotten dimension of West Virginia's diverse musical history and culture: a large, enthusiastic audience of black West Virginans for the big bands of the 1930s and early 1940s.A $5 donation is suggested for the event at 110 Marshall Ave.
  
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