Live in the Garden Tonight: The JP Jazz Collective

What a perfect evening to spend in the garden at the Hyde Park Branch Library!  The JP Jazz Collective, led by Hyde Park’s own Bob McCloskey, will feature blue note jazz from the 60’s and 70’s. The sextet includes 3 horns, a guitar, bass, and drums, with many original arrangements of jazz favorites. Free beverages and snacks will also be available.  This is the fourth of eight Thursday night concerts this summer.  Join us!


Ralph Rosen Returns July 21 in the Garden

Ralph Rosen returns to the Hyde Park Branch Library on Thursday, July 21, for the third in this summer’s Concerts in the Garden Series.  Ralph had organized the trio that provided background and dance music at the Bookmark Ball in April.  On Thursday at 6:30, he will be joined by pianist Hey Rim Jeon for a program entitled Eclectic Harmonica Music.

Both Ralph and Hey Rim are on the staff at Berklee College of Music.  Ralph, who will play harmonica, manages the Media Center and the Library there and conducts clinics, while Hey Rim is a professor specializing in harmony and piano.  Both have performed extensively throughout New York and New England, and Hey Rim has also played in Japan and Korea.  Each is also featured on multiple recordings.

Bring your friends to enjoy their music at this free concert from 6:30 to 7:30.  Cool drinks and light refreshments will also be provided.

Concert and Anniversary Celebration

Attendees enjoyed a wonderful concert by Hyde Park resident Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive yesterday.  Daniel introduced the band’s Jazz and Latin Jazz renditions with interesting history and information on each piece, as well as a commemoration of a dear Hyde Park neighbor who passed away recently.

Prior to the concert, the 30th Anniversary of the Friends was celebrated with a beautiful cake from Hyde Park’s own The Pastry Chef.  Attendees included 2 of the group’s founders, John Thomson and Bob Smith, as well as a number of Friends Board members past and present.  Friends President Kathy Adams and former Branch Librarian Barbara Wicker spoke briefly about the history of the Hyde Park Friends.  Barbara and current Branch Librarian Mary Margaret Pitts cut the cake, and Friends members distributed pieces to all attendees as the music commenced.  Councilman Rob Consalvo arrived and thanked the audience for its support of the Friends and the branch library.

In Concert: Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive Celebrate the Friends’ 30th Anniversary on July 14 at 6 p.m.

Garden festivities begin early on Thursday, July 14, as the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch celebrate 30 years service to the Library with an anniversary cake (made by Hyde Park’s The Pastry Chef) followed by a concert by Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive.  Mayor Menino and Councilman Consalvo expect to attend.

Jazz and Latin jazz will be the featured music for the evening. Daniel says that he views jazz as a communal experience with the combo members contributing original pieces. His instruments include all saxophones and flutes. A professor at Berklee for 17 years, he has also played and taught in Mexico and Japan. In addition, he ran the Brookline programs Jazz in the Sanctuary for 10 years.  His extensive discography includes recordings made by his 12 year old group, the New World Jazz Composers Octet.

Playing acoustic bass will be Keala Kaumeheiwa, an original member of the NWJCO.  A graduate of the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first class, he is one of the most sought-after bassists on the Boston music circuit.  The pianist will be Berklee professor Gilson Schachnik.  A native of Brazil, he has played and recorded extensively and leads the Gilson Schachnik Group.  Guitarist John Baboian is a frequent participant in the Capetown Jazz Festival in South Africa.  He leads the John Baboian Quartet and the BeBop Guitars, and has composed and arranged for television and radio.  Drummer Brooke Sofferman rounds out the Collective Directive for this performance.  Much in demand as a sideman, he is also a composer and has made multiple recordings.

HP 3 with Jeff Todd and Jay Paget

The Concerts in the Garden Series at the Hyde Park Branch Library will get off to a rock and rolling start this Thursday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy the guitar music and vocals of Jeff Todd and Jay Paget.

This is the first in a series of 8 free concerts brought to you by the Friends of the HP Branch. Complimentary drinks and refreshments will be served.

Just in case that possible storm materializes, the concert will take place in the Library in Menino Hall.

2011 Concerts in the Garden

Jazz at the LibrarySummer has arrived at last bringing with it the Concerts in the Garden for a sixth season at the Hyde Park Branch Library on Thursday nights in July and August. The series titled “From Hyde Park to Hyde Park: the Gift of Music” features at least one Hyde Park resident in each concert.  The free concerts are from 6:30 to 7:30 in the garden (entrance from the Library Children’s Room and from the street); in the event of rain, the performance moves to Menino Hall in the library.

A wide range of musical genres are represented in the schedule.   Kicking off the season on July 7 will be the HP3 with Jeff Todd playing “funky rock and roll.”   During the 8 weeks, you can also enjoy traditional jazz and blues, country folk, harmonica music, acoustic pop rock, the great American songbook, and a classical strings concert.

Thursday, July 14 will be a special day as the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, the sponsors of this series, will celebrate its 30th anniversary.  The festivities will begin early that night, and Mayor Menino will join us to cut the anniversary cake made by Hyde Park’s The Pastry Chef.  The 6:30 concert features Berklee professor and Fairmount Hill resident Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive, a quartet playing jazz and Latin jazz.

Free refreshments are available at each concert.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library in collaboration with Artists-at-Large and the Boston Public Library.  Check out the schedule below and add the garden concerts to your Thursday schedule, July 7 through August 25!

July 7     HP3 with Jeff Todd  (Funky Rock and Roll)

July 14  Daniel Ian Smith and a Collective Directive (Jazz and Latin Jazz)

July 21  Ralph Rosen’s Harmonic Expressions (Eclectic Harmonica Music)

July 28  JP Jazz Collective  (Traditional Jazz and Blues)

August 4  Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue   (American/Contemporary Folk)

August 11  Bird Mancini  (Acoustic Pop Rock)

August 18  Tony Cibotti  (American Song Book)

August 25  Tanya Maggi and David Russell (Classical Strings)

Check back here every week for bios of our performers.  See you in the Library Garden!

Friends’ 2011 Summer Book & Media Sale

Book Sale!Warm weather gets everyone outside, but don’t forget your reading material for the beach or those few rainy days!   The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library’s semi-annual Book and Media Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, from 10am to 3pm, in the Hyde Park Branch Library’s Menino Hall.

Hyde Park Friends members are invited to attend our evening members-only Preview reception on Thursday, June 9, from 6-8pm.  Renew your membership or join that evening!

Sale offerings include hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, as well as videos/DVDs, tapes/CDs, and premium books for discriminating book lovers.  Prices range from $.25 to $1.00; premium books are priced as marked or your best offer!   This year is also the Hyde Park Friends’ 30th Anniversary, so look for anniversary specials offered daily during the sale.

The Friends will again offer tasty bits to refresh you while browsing our tables.  A variety of edibles and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale at our baked goods table.

Raffle QuiltLast but not least, the beautiful quilt currently on display at the Hyde Park Branch Library’s fireplace reading room will be raffled off at the end of Saturday’s sale day (June 11).  Tickets will be available at the check-out table all day during the book sale, or stop by the Circulation Desk to get your raffle tickets at $2 each or 3 tickets for $5.  Tickets may also be purchased by mail by sending a check made to “Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library” and sent to the branch at 35 Harvard Avenue, Hyde Park, MA, 02136.  Good luck, ticket holders!

All proceeds from the raffle and book sale will be used by the Friends to support music and other programs at the branch library.  Programs at the library are open to all ages and free.