Bookmark Ball: The Bookmark Band

Jazz at the LibraryMusic will be sounding forth all across the city during Boston JazzWeek April 29 through May 8.   There’s no place better to enjoy it than at the Hyde Park Library on April 30 when the Ralph Rosen Trio will appear as the Bookmark Band!

Leader and Hyde Park resident Ralph Rosen will entertain on both drums and the harmonica.  Manager of the Media Center at Berklee, he has performed widely with prominent blues artists such as Bo Diddley and Ronnie Earl, and was featured at a popular concert in our library garden last summer.

Rob Christopherson, an associate professor of piano at Berklee and music director for Boston’s Hampshire House, will display his talents as a pianist and vocalist.  A passionate teacher, he has recorded with or performed as a sideman for artists such as Phil Wilson, Chuck Berry, and The Platters.

Rounding out the trio is bassist Herman Hampton.  Also on the Berklee faculty as an associate professor of ensembles, his performing experiences have ranged from symphony orchestras to pit bands, from jazz clubs to salsa orchestras.

The music the trio will be performing “is not rock, funk, or punk,” says Ralph.  They will be playing straight ahead jazz renditions from the  American popular  songbook–great songs from the 1930s to the early 1970s.   So bring your dancing shoes if you wish or just sit back and enjoy the great music at the Back2Basics Bookmark Ball!