They say the best things in life are free. And the Hartford Public Library has been proving it every Sunday afternoon at the downtown library.
Connecticut has its share of talented musicians, including jazz artists. If you are unaware of the musical talent in our state, just head over to the Hartford Public Library on Sunday afternoons.
I recently caught the performance of the Take Two Jazz Duo, featuring the beautiful and talented jazz singer, Erin O'Luanaigh, with John Brighenti on piano, Matt Dwonszyk on bass, and Mike Augeri on drums. They swung. But don’t take my word on this: just click on the video and listen to them perform “Lullaby of Birdland”. Wow.
I wished that I didn’t miss Jeff Wiselberg. Many an evening I sat at his piano at Applebees, dropping bills into his tip jar to hear him sing and play great standards, like “Isn’t It Romantic”. Now that’s what I consider music!
The Hartford Public Library’s Baby Grand Jazz Series has four more concerts scheduled: Sinan Bakir on April 7th; Daniel Bennett on April 14th; Larry Willis on April 21st; and Emery A. Smith on April 28th.
Previous concerts featured musicians Saskia Laroo and Warren Byrd, The Colbys, the Survivors Swing Band, Ed Fast, Nicki Mathis, Mark Dover, Theresa Wright, the Latin Quartet Jazz Collective, Dane Scozzari, and Earl MacDonald.
For those of you who do not know, the Baby Grand Jazz Series has been around for nine years, and is part of a richly diverse, historical jazz culture in Hartford. Serving as a venue for new and established artists, it has been inspiring all ages with music of the soul while celebrating local artists, performers and other arts organizations.
Don’t miss it. You’ll love it!