The Boston Public Library this week announced the launch of a series of free concerts in partnership with JazzBoston, a 5 year-old nonprofit organization serving artists and audiences throughout the Greater Boston area. Riffs & Raps: Jazzin' the Generations invites people of all ages to travel together on a live musical tour through time that will be stopping at eight neighborhood branches this December. Most especially welcome are senior citizens, who will recognize many favorite songs as their musical guides use jazz standards and originals to bridge the generations.
The ageless trio of Arni Cheatham on saxophones; Bill Lowe on bass trombone, tuba, and percussion; and Kevin Harris on keyboards will take audiences on a journey from the roots of jazz in blues and spirituals, through the Great American Songbook, and right on to the sounds of jazz today – with excursions into other music traditions at home and abroad. Informal conversations with the musicians during and after each performance will engage audiences as well as entertain them.
The concert dates in Dorchester are as follows:
• Saturday, December 4 , 12 noon at the Codman Square Branch, 690 Washington Street, Dorchester
• Monday, December 13 , 1:00 p.m., at the Fields Corner Branch, 1520 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester
• Thursday, December 16, 6:00 p.m. at the Uphams Corner Branch, 500 Columbia Road, Dorchester
More information about the program and the musicians can be found on the Boston Public Library’s dedicated Riffs & Raps web page.