The Third Annual Jazz and Blues series with Pat Loomis and his many Friends came to a glorious end on August 18 with a spectacular concert of instrumental and vocalized numbers that blew high notes from Library Park all the way up the balconies and the roof decks that line the sleepy alleys of that neck of the South End. Pat Loomis's passionate singing performance and the seductive vocals of keyboard player Big Ben Hillman were a perfect match to the joyous instrumentals of the other members of the band who transformed the park into an exciting venue on a sultry evening when thunderstorms were predicted but thankfully stayed away.
Two of the four themed concerts were forced indoors between the book stacks by a volatile weather pattern of rainstorms. No matter, with library tables turned into drumming boards by the engaged audience and watermelon slices for all to consume spread out on a side table, the library itself became the music venue, for Now's the Time: an Evening of Blues, Bebop and Beyond (August 4) and Oye Como Va celebration of Latin Music (August 11). The first and last performances, La Fiesta: A Celebration Of The Music Of Chick Corea and Silky Soul: An Evening Of Silky Smooth Jazz and R&B, were held under the tall oaks of the park framed by dry skies.
The concerts were funded by a generous grant from the Ann H. Symington Foundation.