Clark County Historical Museum welcomes Sammuel Murry-Hawkins and “The Historic Music Preservation Project: Preserving Historic Music for Future Generations” for this month’s Speaker Series at 7 p.m. May 4 at 1511 Main Street, Vancouver. Doors open at 5 p.m. General admission is $5; seniors and students are $4; children under 18 are $3; and the evening is free for museum members, veterans and active-duty military personnel. For details, call the museum at 360-993-5679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historic Music Preservation Project is dedicated to the preservation and cataloging of historic popular dance sheet music published between 1880 and 1955. The organization is the sole curator of the historic Herman Kenin Dance Band Library, a 4000+ title collection once in the possession of the famous Portland dance band leader. The project introduces this music to new audiences through the performance of The Ne Plus Ultra Jazz Orchestra, an 11 piece ensemble which presents the music exactly as it was heard in its heyday. The organization also presents a quartet, Ensemble Gitane, performing music from the collection is the hot jazz style of Django Reinhardt.