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Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman

Charlie Christian International Music Festival celebrates music pioneer’s 100th birthday

Charlie Christian International Music Festival celebrates music pioneer’s 100th birthday

A local music festival celebrates Oklahoma musician Charlie Christian, widely regarded as the first major soloist on the electric guitar.

Brace for ‘Impact’

As a retired teacher, Stephney-Roberson knows firsthand how difficult it is to obtain material about Oklahoma’s black history. “During my years of teaching, I tried to find tools to use, but it was a topic that we were unable to acquire much information on,” she said. Impact highlights the men and women who played pivotal

Charlie’s sheen

In the past 26 years, the Charlie Christian International Music Festival has grown a great deal. “It was a grassroots party, if you will,” said Anita Arnold, executive director of festival sponsor Black Liberated Arts Center. “You could even call it a block party.” Named for the Oklahoma City-raised, influential swing and jazz guitarist Charlie

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