The Mercantile Library will kick off its 2010 season of Noon Music with a performance by Kathy Wade this Friday, September 3 at 12pm. The music series is designed to highlight American music from the library’s 175 years, and will include five total performances running through mid-December.

Event organizers say that this Friday’s event will be a mixture of lecture and performance comprised of “indelible impressions from the sounds of jazz.” Vocalist Kathy Wade will be joined by popular Cincinnati jazz pianist Ed Moss. Wade has been nominated for multiple Emmys for her work on children’s educational programs and jazz entertainment. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious College-Conservatory of Music, and has become popular locally at Playhouse in the Park.

Wade’s performance on Friday is entitled ‘A Black Anthology of Music: The Journey of Jazz’ and is expected to offer a historical exploration of the origins of jazz.

According to organizers, the 2010 season of Noon Music is free and open to the public thanks to a grant from the Elise Eaton Allen Performing Arts Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. The Mercantile Library is located on the 11th Floor of 414 Walnut Street. Future performances will include Cliff Adams, Nancy James, the Walnut Hills High School Senior Ensemble, and a Holiday Concert scheduled for December 17.