Jazz all weekend, Aug 5-7

Friday & Saturday

Jazz and more jazz!

Friday, August 5th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
jazz in the bookshop

This week our regular Friday evening weekly jazz party continues unabated, as Don Prell’s Seabop Ensemble, our regular first-Friday-of-the-month group, holds forth pulling out tunes associated with Horace Silver, Dexter Gordon, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker and all the cats that made modern jazz modern!   Jerry Logas is on saxes, clarinet and flute; Michael Parsons is on piano; and Chris Bjorkbom is on drums — all anchored and inspired by the experience and vitality that Don Prell brings to the bass as he continues a long career rooted in his early years on the Los Angeles jazz scene of the 1950s, when he was a key member of the Bud Shank Quartet…

Saturday, August 6th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
a benefit for Global Citizen Year

Mitchell Mankin and friends play jazz for friends and neighbors to raise money for a good cause– getting Mitchell out of town!  Actually, the money raised goes to the organization which is helping him do that, and to do good in the process, Global Citizen Year.  That organization, in turn, uses the funds for scholarships for those who need help with the tuition.  Each year, Global Citizen Year sends “gap year” kids abroad to be immersed in other cultures and perform service work in the process.

Here at Bird & Beckett tonight, Mitchell and his friends will raise money and play music.  Hear jazz played the way the youth are hearing it!

Mitchell is a neighborhood kid — and a talented alto sax player, as it happens — freshly graduated from Lowell and headed off in a few weeks for a “gap year” program in Ecuador through Global Citizen Year.  His statement of purpose for that program can be read at this link.

Turn out to help a youngster who’s stepping out with great intentions and grand possibilities…

If you miss the event, feel free to contact the bookshop to find out how to donate.