2012 Concerts in the Garden Performers

Hey, Music Lovers!

The Friends’ seventh season of Concerts in the Garden at the Hyde Park Branch Library will run between July 12 and August 23, 2012, 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 2012 season are:

  • July 12 / Creek River String Band (Blues)
  • July 19 / d’Allegro Duo (American songbook)
  • July 26 /  Tanya Maggi and David Russell (Classical Strings)
  • August 2 / Riverside Theater Works (Show tunes)
  • August 9 / JP Jazz Collective  (Jazz and Blues)
  • August 16 /Fox and Branch (Family Concert-American Folk Songs)
  • 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 in collaboration with Artists-at-Large and the Boston Public Library, and is supported by a grant from the Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation.

POP QUIZ:  Which Concerts in the Garden performer is pictured above?  The first 3 concert goers to let us know at the July 12/Creek River String Band concert will get their choice of 3 hardcovers from our book sale selections!

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!

I See Jazz 2

Jazz at the LibraryI See Jazz 2: A Collection of Jazz Images from Here and There is an ongoing exhibition at the branch library between April 28 and May 30, 2012.  Sponsored by Artists-at-Large, Inc., this exhibition opened at the start of Boston JazzWeek, and celebrates jazz in the visual arts, and include:

1.    Buddy Bolton Band photographed 100 years ago
Public domain photo. Photographer not credited

2.    Forbes Graham and Liz Ronka at HP Library 2010
Photo by Ann Herrick

3.    Music Workshop poster
Design by Jeff Kimmel

4.    Les Paul
Public domain photo. Photographer not credited

5.    Don Cherry
Public domain photo. Photographer not credited

6.    Terry Bozzio drum kit
Photographer not credited. Altered by Tommey

7.    The Fringe at The Zeitgeist
Photo uncredited

8.    Piano Keys
Royalty Free Image.

9.    Free Music Now Collective at The Lily Pad
Design by Scott Getchell

10.    Debo Band publicity photo.
Photographer not known.
Interesting note: Debo had their first concert in Hyde Park and now tour     internationally

11.    Billie Holiday
Public Domain Image. Photo-shoped by Tommey

12.    Painting of Jazz Band
Royalty Free Image. Digitally printed. Unaltered from file

Many images are public domain photos and are available for sale as presented and framed.  Proceeds of all sales benefit the Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library and Artists-at-Large.  Please contact 617-313-6557, or infoaal@mac.com for more information.

Jazz in the Age of Aquarius, 1962-1976

Jazz at the LibraryJazzWeek (April 27 – May 6) is coming again!  The Friends of the Hyde Park Branch Library are pleased to collaborate with Artists-at-Large, Inc.,  in presenting on April 30, 2012, 6pm-8pm, Jazz in the Age of Aquarius, 1962-1976, a special International Jazz Day lecture by Bob McCloskey which will be followed by a screening of The Return of the 5,000 Lb. Man, a documentary film by Rahsaan Roland Kirk based on his album of the same title.  For more information, please contact Artists-at-Large, Inc., at 617-313-6557 or infoaal@mac.com.

Concert Series Half Done!

A large crowd attended last Thursday’s concert featuring Bob McCloskey and the rest of the JP Jazz Collective, and enjoyed their cool renderings of blue note jazz.  The HP Friends’ Summer Concerts in the Garden series is at its halfway mark, so don’t miss out on the rest of the concerts!

The remaining Thursday evening concerts start at 6:30pm, and will be an eclectic line up with

  • Thea Hopkins and the Roots Attached Revue offering American/Contemporary Folk on August 4;
  • Bird Mancini performing Acoustic Pop Rock on August 11;
  • Tony Cibotti singing tunes from the American song book on August 18; and
  • Tanya Maggi and David Russell performing Classical string pieces on viola and cello on August 25.

In case of inclement weather or extreme heat, performances will be offered indoors in the branch library’s Menino Hall.  We look forward to seeing you in August!

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.

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!

Concert: Entourage

Jazz at the LibraryAs part of BostonJazz Week, Artists-at-Large, Inc., will be presenting Entourage at the Hyde Park Branch Library on Monday, May 2, 2011, 6:30pm-7:30pm.  Entourage is a youth and teen group from the Boston Arts Academy, and will be performing straight-ahead jazz with vocalists from Berklee’s City Music  Preparatory Academy, led by Berklee faculty member and Hyde Park resident Sherry Young.  This program is being funded by the Friends of the HP Branch.

Artists-at-Large, Inc., is committed to bringing art, in all its forms, to Hyde Park and beyond.  The Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is the city’s first and only high school for the visual and performing arts, and is located in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood.  Berklee College of Music’s City Music Preparatory Academy is a comprehensive music program for kids grades 4-8 that introduces students to both the college experience and Berklee’s City High School Academy.

“I See Jazz” Exhibit

Hurricane, Man with HornThe Hyde Park Branch Library will be hosting a new art exhibit in conjunction with BostonJazz Week (running April 29-May 8, 2011).

Artists-at-Large, Inc. and the African American Master Artist in Residence Program (AAMARP), an adjunct of the Department of African American Studies at Northeastern University, will be presenting “I See Jazz”, an exhibit featuring the work of AAMARP artists. This eclectic and energetic group of master artists and crafts people will exhibit works inspired by jazz and bring it to Hyde Park in painting, photography, sculpture and more.

Featured Artists are Don West, Hakim Raquib, Gloretta Baynes, Susan Thompson, Shea Ramone Justice, Walter Clark, and L’Merchie Frazier.

The exhibit will run from April 30 through May 30, 2011, and can be viewed during library hours. A closing reception will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, from 2pm-4pm.