It can't be true but...it is: summer has marched on and the fabulous Pat Loomis and Friends band is about to present you with the last of its four themed jazz-and-blues concerts in Library Park, titled Groovin'--a Smooth Jazz Party. So bring a chair, in case the library's chairs are already taken, and enjoy reaching back with Pat Loomis into the South End's iconic jazz and blues music scene on Tuesday, August 12 at 6:30 PM.
The four themed concerts have been sponsored by the Boston Public Library and the Friends of the South End Library. A generous grant from the Ann H. Symington Foundation last year helped pay for the events in 2013, as well as the four this year. Groovin’ — A Smooth Jazz Party, will feature Pat Loomis (alto and soprano sax); Antonio Shiell Loomis (guitar); Frank Wilkins (keyboard); Christoff Glaude (bass); and Joaquin Santos (drums).
The first summer concert in Library Park was held Tuesday, June 24, with the theme of Groovin’ High — The Music of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. It featured Pat Loomis (alto saxophone); Scott Aruda (trumpet); Antonio Shiell Loomis (guitar); Jesse Williams (bass) and Tom Arey (drums).
The second, on July 8, was called Back at the Chicken Shack, a Soul-Jazz Retrospective. Pat Loomis played alto saxophone; Antonio Shiell Loomis, guitar; Ken Clark,organ; and Benny Benson, drums. The most recent show took place July 29, with the title of Impressions: The Music of John Coltrane, also with Pat Loomis (alto and soprano saxophone); Antonio Shiell Loomis (guitar); Jesse Tate (piano); Dan Winshall (bass); Dave Fox (drums).
The event is free. The fully handicapped-accessible South End library will be open during the event for its many varied services including public restrooms.