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Presentation on Lena Horne

James Gavin
James Gavin, photo by David Bartolomi.

Daryl Sherman
Daryl Sherman, photo courtesy of IJS.

On September 22, Dana Library and the Institute of Jazz Studies will celebrate the life of Lena Horne (1917-2010), with a talk by Horne biographer James Gavin along with a special performance by jazz performer Daryl Sherman.

Gavin, who has written extensively about contemporary musical figures, is the author of the much-praised Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne, published in 2009. According to columnist Liz Smith, "I wish I could do justice to this book.... It is impossible to convey its power ... Magnificent, gripping, marvelously written." Stormy Weather is described in the New York Times Book Review as "a thorough and fluent biography" and in USA Today, as "a fascinating study of a complicated woman and the complicated times that shaped her."

Gavin has also written Deep in a Dream: The Long Night of Chet Baker and Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret.

The event will include a book signing, a photo exhibit on Lena Horne's career and accomplishments from the Institute's collection, and a musical performance by pianist and singer Daryl Sherman. 4th Floor, Dana Library, starting at 5pm.

Posted June 2010; updated August 2010