Jazz Conversations is celebrating its 4th anniversary here at GPL. To celebrate, we asked some of the attendees of the monthly Jazz program to share with us some thoughts and memories…
Harvey C. remembers Ella Fitzgerald: At our most recent Jazz Conversations, Harvey Chambers, a long time participant, saw the playlist and recognized a song that brought back a special memory. One Sunday morning when Harvey was a young man living in North Carolina, he was on his way to church. He was walking along the street when he passed a store with a speaker playing music. The year was 1938. For the first time in his life, Harvey found himself enchanted by the voice of Miss Ella Fitzgerald singing her first big hit “A Tisket, A Tasket.”That Sunday, as it happened, Harvey Chambers was late for church.
Charles D.: “I have participated in Jazz Conversations at the Greenburgh Library, organized by Frank De Ligio, for more than two years. I look forward with eager anticipation to each gathering. Frank infuses the conversations with his passion and understanding of jazz, and his enthusiasm is infectious. Frank’s love for the music is combined with broad and deep knowledge about the history of jazz and its performers, including legendary figures along with less well-known but historically important artists.Frank is to be commended for his thorough preparation for the sessions, which are arranged around a topic/theme and related jazz artists. His selection of music and videos for each conversation is done with keen understanding of their relevance.The sessions are appropriately entitled Jazz Conversations because Frank welcomes and encourages participation and the exchange of ideas and opinions. This makes for very lively and informative gatherings.As a result of my participation in Jazz Conversations I have delved more deeply into the subject by reading numerous books and articles and listening to a broad range of artists spanning the history of this wonderful American musical form. I would encourage anyone with an interest in jazz — or in music generally — to come in for a Jazz Conversation! I wish to thank Frank De Ligio for his hard work, good humor and thorough preparation. As the driving force behind Jazz Conversations, he is a wonderful asset for the Greenburgh Library.”
Rebecca A. and Neal D.: “My husband and I have been participating in Frank’s Jazz Conversation for the past year. It has opened up the world of jazz music, something that we were unfamiliar with. Frank’s knowledge of jazz is incredible and his warm, inclusive manner makes the experience even more enjoyable. We love this program!”
To celebrate the anniversary of Jazz Conversations, we have two special performances this fall:
On Sunday, October 22nd from 3pm – 5pm, we will feature a tribute to Bill Evans with Rocco Dapice on Piano.
On Sunday November 15th from 2pm – 3:30pm, Valerie Capers will be our special guest. Valerie Capers is a pianist, composer and educator. The first blind graduate from the Julliard School of Music, she is blessed with a diverse piano style that combines elements of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans, with some Chopin thrown in. The performance will feature her jazz trio and be followed by an interview with Jazz Conversations host Frank DeLigio.