Four outdoor concerts by the versatile and compelling jazz group Pat Loomis and Friends have been scheduled for July and August in Library Park, located next to the South End branch library. The series, which features a total of fifteen different musicians, includes a celebration of Latin music on Tuesday, August 11. It is co-sponsored by the South End library and the Friends of the South End Library (FOSEL). Three years ago, a South End resident generously donated money to FOSEL, in memory of his mother, for that purpose. The popular concert series again includes vocalists in two of its August programs. In previous years, the jazz singers have been known to quickly turn the (still-broken) pavement of Library Park into a dance floor filled with summer-drenched music lovers happily swaying back and forth (see photograph below). This year's concerts include familiar faces --including Pat Loomis's son, Antonio, Zeke Martin, Dan Winshall-- as well as new ones, all of them outstanding musicians whose history and musical pedigrees you can discover by clicking on their names below.
There will be refreshments (sliced watermelon has been the traditional fare, but feel free to bring your own additions). All concerts are free and will be held rain or shine, inside the library or at the park. The South End library is handicapped accessible and has bathroom facilities available during the concerts. Concerts end by 8:00 PM.
Here is the line-up:
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4 at 6:30 PM--- Now's The Time: An Evening of Blues, Bebop, and Beyond with Pat Loomis ( saxophone ), Scott Aruda (trumpet), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Dan Winshall (bass), Dave Fox (drums)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11 at 6:30 PM--- Oye Como Va- A Celebration Of Latin Music with Pat Loomis (saxophone), Gilberto Rivera (guitar, cuatro, percussion, vocals), Leo Blanco (piano, keyboards), Benny Benson (drums)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 at 6:30 PM--- Silky Soul: An Evening Of Silky Smooth Jazz and R&B with Pat Loomis (saxophone, vocals), Antonio Loomis (guitar), Big Ben Hillman (keyboards, vocals), Christoff Glaude (bass), Joaquin Santos (drums)