After a rousing start to the FOSEL jazz-and-blues concert series on July 9 in Library Park, Pat Loomis, whose band kicked off the series, decided he’d MC the next event on Tuesday, July 23rd. It features the spectacular drummer Zeke Martin and his group, The Oracle. The music starts at 6:30 PM.
The son of American jazz drummer Stu Martin, Zeke claims he was born with drumsticks in his hands. He 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.
Pat Loomis’s saxophone performance on July 9 drew a big and enthusiastic crowd.People were milling in and out of the park, hanging over its Tremont Street and Rutland
Square fences, sitting in chairs brought, library chairs delivered from inside, and on the granite blocks that are part of the small park’s landscape. The outstanding Loomis band also included Daniel Day on bass; Dave Fox, drums; Amy Bellamy, keyboard; and Loomis’s 15-year-old son, Antonio Shiell-Loomis, on guitar. Among the pieces played were Five Hundred Miles High by Chick Corea; Butterfly, by Herbie Hancock; and Scrapple from the Apple, by Charlie Parker.
The August 13 and 27 concerts will be 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 events are free and open to all, sponsored by FOSEL, and paid for by a generous donation from the Ann H. Symington Foundation. They will take place on Tuesdays when the South End library is open at night, which means restroom facilities will be available.