Jerry Zolten - Spring 2003 Ivy Leaf Magazine

Ivy Leaf - Spring 2003

Jerry Zolten


An exhibit of African American music memorabilia drawn from the collection of Jerry Zolten (assistant professor of speech communication and American studies) was on display earlier this semester in the Pattee Library Diversity Room on the Penn State University Park campus. In conjunction with the exhibit, the Library also sponsored Zolten's presentation on the Dixie Hummingbirds. Copies of his newly-published book, Great God A'Mighty - The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music, were available for signing. Great God A'Mighty was reviewed in The New York Times Book Review in February. Zolten also offered a specially commissioned presentation on Billie Holiday, "Fine and Mellow: Billie Holiday's Life in Jazz," in conjunction with the Bristol Riverside Theater's production of Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, a one-woman show starring Chris Calloway, daughter of famed band leader Cab Calloway. Following the performance in Bristol, PA, Zolten served as a panelist in a discussion of Ms. Holiday and her life and music.