Past Event

Jazz: America's own indigenous art form

A Road Scholar Program by Mark Tonelli

Mark TonelliThis presentation will explore America’s own indigenous art form, jazz, which was born here in the United States and continues to thrive today. It will discuss important musical figures, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. It will help people understand what they are hearing and deepen their appreciation and enjoyment of jazz. This presentation will include a slide show and musical examples.

This event is Free and Open to the public. For more information, please contact Emma Marston at

Des Plaines History Center COVID-19 Policy

Masks are required indoors for all staff, volunteers, and visitors, and must be worn at all times, including during the program. Disposable masks and hand sanitizer will be available, and the venue will be cleaned and disinfected afterwards. Vaccinations are recommended, but not required. As space permits, visitors are encouraged to create space between themselves and other visitors when finding a seat for the presentation.

Learn more about Mark Tonelli, this program, and how to book it.