Patrice Monahan Jazz at Concerts in the Garden

dAllegroDuo2015jul30Laura DelGado Clemons and Bob Shea as D’Allegro Duo,  pictured here, cooled down Menino Hall with their melodious tunes last week as the heat drove our series indoors!  Please join us this Thursday, August 6, as Patrice Monahan Jazz performs straight-ahead jazz selections in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Patrice Monahan Jazz are a trio of talented ladies serving up rhythm and groove at every performance.  Pianist Patrice Monahan leads with clear vocals, and rounding out the group are Berklee graduates Tal Shalom – Kobi on bass, and  Miki Matsuki on drums.  In addition to stage and event performances, they are jazz educators of children and adults.

Our remaining concerts will feature family music and fun with Wayne Potash on August 13, and perennial Hyde Park favorite Tony Cibotti on August 20.  Join us especially on August 20 as we celebrate the close of our 10th season with cake at 6pm, before Tony’s performance at 6:30pm!

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

 

D’Allegro returns to Concerts in the Garden

MJBTrio2015jul23As the shadows lengthened in the Garden last week, the jazz by MJB Trio, pictured here, got cooler!  Please join us this Thursday, July 30, as  D’Allegro performs American Songbook selections in the Friends’ next concert of the series, starting at 6:30p.m.  Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Laura DelGado Clemons, vocalist, Bob Shea, keyboard, and Andrew Shea, drums, comprise the trio.  Laura and Bob have been performing together for more than 5 years, with Andrew joining them last year.  They enjoy every opportunity to make music for others.  D’Allegro specializes in jazz, rhythm and blues, and pop music.  Garden concert audiences first heard D’Allegro in 2012 at the Friends’ Annual Meeting and the garden concert series, and we welcome their return this Thursday.

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

 

The MJB Trio in the Garden Thursday, July 23

CamZM-20150716192725841The Savin Hillbillies, pictured here, are quite the pair.  They wow’d the crowd with lively tunes and had them clapping up a storm in their singalong!

The Friends’ next concert in the series will be held Thursday, July 23, at 6:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The MJB Trio consists of Mark Earley on Tenor and Baritone Saxaphones, Jerzy Glod on Drums and Brad Hallen on Bass. The group performs American Songbook classics as well as compositions by Jazz Composers.  Mark has been a member of Roomful of a Blues for 15 years and is a first call saxaphone player in New England.  Jerzy is a first call drummer from Boston and is on everybody’s list.  Brad has been a member of The Duke Robillard Band for over 6 years and freelances in New England.

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Savin Hillbillies in the Garden Thursday, July 16

2015concert1aBrad Hallen’s Boston Jazz Collective, pictured here, opened our 10th season of Concerts in the Garden last week with nearly all seats taken!

The Friends’ next concert in the series will be held Thursday, July 16, at 6:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

Next up are the Savin Hillbillies, featuring Rob Atterbury and Bill Walczak.   The duo will be playing old country, folk and Irish music (kinda like Down Home meets Donegal).  There will be a singalong, too, so bring your pipes to join us in song!

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

2015 Concerts in the Garden Update

The Friends are saddened to announce a change in our July concert line-up.  Duke Robillard WILL NOT be performing on July 9.  Earlier last week Duke underwent emergency shoulder surgery and will be recovering for the next 2-3 months.  We wish Duke a speedy recovery and hope he will perform at our library when he is able.

In the meantime, our season will be kicked off by Brad Hallen’s Boston Jazz Collective, featuring Ed Fiorenza on Tenor Sax, Joe Barbato on Piano, Brad Hallen on Bass, and Jerzy Glod on Drums.  Collective members are all first-call players and have worked with many international artists.  They will be performing a repertoire from American Song Book and Jazz Composers.

Concerts in the Garden 10th Season Starts Thursday, July 9

music1The Friends are very proud to offer its 10th annual summer music series featuring a different  local performing group each Thursday in the library garden through August 20.   Blues guitarist Duke Robillard will kick off the 2015 Concerts in the Garden series on Thursday, July 9, 6:30p.m-7:30p.m.   Concerts will be moved to air-conditioned Menino Hall in the event of excessive heat or rain.

The rest of the season’s line up:

Jul 16   Savin Hillbillies
Jul 23   Brad Hallen Trio
Jul 30   d’Allegro
Aug 6    Patrice Monahan
Aug 13   Wayne Potash
Aug 20   Tony Cibotti

The summer concert series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Jazz in the Garden This Thursday

imageThe Bill Walzcak Combo inspired the more than 60 people in the garden to clap and sing along in a rousing opener of the Concerts in the Garden season last Thursday, the 10th.

Join us this Thursday, July 17, when Patrice Monahan Jazz will bring another outstanding program to the Hyde Park Branch. Her group has been together since 2009, and performs a range of blues, Latin, swing, and straight-ahead jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

Boston based Patrice, pianist and vocalist, is known for her artistic versatility as a singer, songwriter, pianist, and tap dancer.  Tal Shalom-Kobi, bassist, is a graduate of Berklee and New England Conservatory, and she is a teacher, performer, and band leader.  Diane Gately is a Boston based drummer who often plays R&B and Blues at Birch Street in Roslindale on Thursdays during the year.  Randy Pingrey, trombonist, started in Eau Claire, WI, and now plays with many groups and makes recordings in the Boston area.

Worry not about the weather – in the event of excessive heat or of rain, the concert will be held in Menino Hall.  This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and is funded by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

See you on Thursday!

 

Down-home Meets Donnegal as Concerts Return to the Garden

GardenConcertsFor the ninth season, music will be wafting from the garden next to the Children’s Room at the Hyde Park Branch Library on Thursday evenings in July and August from 6:30 to 7:30. In the event of excessive heat or rain, the concerts move into air-conditioned Menino Hall.

The inaugural concert features the Bill Walczak Combo this Thursday, July 10. Bill promises a foot-tapping gathering of classic Country and Irish folk. “Dancing/singing along are strictly encouraged,” he adds.

Get out your calendars! Here is the Summer 2014 schedule.

  • July 10    Bill Walczak Combo    (Country, Folk Irish)
  • July 17    Patrice Monahan Jazz Trio    (Easy Listening Jazz)
  • July 24    JCB Trio Straight Ahead (Jazz)
  • July 31    Jumping Juba    (Americana: Blues and R&R)
  • August 7    Bright Moments  (Music of Mingus and Kirk)
  • August 14    Fox and Branch    (Family-Friendly Folk)
  • August 21    Tony Cibotti    (American Songbook)

The concerts are sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, and for the third summer are fully funded by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Tonight: Thea Hopkins in the Garden (or Menino Hall…)

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Americana-performing songwriter Thea Hopkins will appear in the Hyde Park Branch Library Garden on Thursday, August 1, from 6:30 to 7:30. She will be joined by multi-instrumentalist Andy Hollinger. They will present an entertaining mix of her originals and creatively re-arranged covers.

Thea has been described as an artist with a startling original voice who creates “narratives that drip with metaphor and imagery” by Americana UK. Her album “Chickasaw” received 4 stars from Maverick. Peter, Paul, & Mary recorded her song “Jesus is on the Wire” in 2004 for their last studio album “In These Times” and in 2010 with the Prague Symphony. Thea has toured regionally and nationally in the US performing at events and venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, Boston First NIght, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Her new 2013 CD “Lilac Sky” is receiving high critical praise.

The Concerts in the Garden series is sponsored by the Friends of the HP Branch Library and is fully supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation. In the event of rain or excessive heat, the concert will be held in air-conditioned Menino Hall in the library.

2013 Concerts in the Garden are On!

Hey, Music Lovers!

The Friends’ eighth season of Concerts in the Garden at the Hyde Park Branch Library are off to a great start last week with You and Yours, and this week with Mixed Emotions.  The remaining concerts will run July 25 through August 22, 2013, on Thursday nights between 6:30pm and 7:30pm.   The free concerts are held in the garden–entrance from the Library Children’s Room and from the street via library’s parking lot; in the event of rain or extreme heat, the performance moves to Menino Hall inside the library.

Scheduled performers for this 2013 season are:

  • July 25/ Ralph’s Music (Modern Jazz)
  • August 1 / Thea Hopkins (Folk Americana)
  • August 8 / Bright Moments  (Jazz Sextet)
  • August 15 /JA2 (Contemporary Jazz)
  • August 23 / Tony Cibotti  (American Song Book)

Light refreshments are available at each concert.  The series is sponsored by the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library, and is supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

Check back here every week during the season for bios of our performers.  See you in the Library Garden and Thanks! for supporting our summer concerts!