Last summer's outdoor jazz concert with saxophonist Pat Loomis received such enthusiastic response that FOSEL decided to organize a small jazz and blues music series with two concerts each in July (the 9th and the 23rd) and August (the 13th and the 27th). Loomis himself recruited three other bands. A generous local donor paid for the concerts. The Boston Parks Department issued the permits. A long extension cord will allow the bands to move from the space-with-the-cracked-sidewalk between the South End Library and Library Park into the park itself. All you have to do is come when the music commences and...enjoy. Loomis will play the first concert on July 9.
The second July performance will feature Oracle, with drummer Zeke Martin. The son of American jazz drummer Stu Martin, Zeke claims he was born with drumsticks in his hands but further developed his technique in the Jazz & Percussion Ensembles and Band when he attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School. He received the Pasquale and Mary Reale Music Award and performed the percussion solo at the CRLS Graduation. His band, The Zeke Martin Project, won Best Jazz CD at New England Urban Music Awards in 2009. Zeke coaches drumming and teaches at Music and Arts Center in Newton and Milford, and at Northeastern University.
The August concerts on the 13th and 27th are showcasing, respectively, The Charlie Brown Blues Band and WeJazzUp with Frank Wilkins at the keyboard. The Charlie Brown Blues Band, a group of five highschool students from the Boston Arts Academy, won the 2013 Fidelity Investments Young Artists Competition and played with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall on May 29.
The four events are free and open to all. They will take place on Tuesdays when the South End library is open at night, which means restroom facilities will be available.