The Hudson Library and Historical Society Music Series continues Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. with a Swing Era performance by the Bill Kenney Jazz Trio in the rotunda. Featured tunes include "Seven Come Eleven," "Air Mail Special," "Dinah," "Minor Swing," "Nuages" and "Where Or When," pieces made famous by swing clarinetist Benny Goodman, French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and clarinetist Edmand Hall.
The trio includes Brad Bolton, a guitarist and bassist who has played with Wanda Hunt, The Swing Machine and in Cleveland jazz clubs. He's been on stage with the Diamonds, the Drifters, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Ink Spots, as well as in orchestras at the Carousel, Coliseum and Front Row Theater. Cleveland bands Special Request, The Art Company and Zydeco Jones have also benefited from Bolton's guitar. More recently he has been with Cleveland's eclectic alternative classical group, Trepanning Trio.
Another member of the trio, Brian Thomas, is known in Northeast Ohio for his propulsive support as a bassist and enthusiastically conversational style. His performance credits include work with Terry Gibbs, Junior Mance, Vic Damone, Russell Malone, Barry Manilow and locally with The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Bill Rudman's The Song Is You concert series, Ernie Krivda and Helen Welch. Thomas is a road veteran with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and a student of Cuban and Brazilian roots music.
Bill Kenney spent 29 years as a professor of history and American studies at Kent State University and has written three monographs on the interactions of jazz musicians with American cultures. He grew up in Massachusetts playing jazz and Dixieland and has long played Dixieland and swing in Cleveland Heights with George Foley and Gene Epstein.
performs Jan. 20
The Hudson Library and Historical Society Music Series continues Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. with the Steve Ostrow Show in the rotunda.
Ostrow, a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, is one of the most versatile multi-instrumentalists in Northeast Ohio. His show includes audience-interactive pieces of all styles on trumpet, trombone and violin. Selections will include such notable pieces as "Flight of the Bumblebee," MGM Fanfare Summertime from Porgy and Bess, and "Stars and Stripes Forever."
Ostrow was featured in a local Emmy award winning PBS TV 45/49 documentary "Shortcuts to Happiness" on the life of a musician. Originally from San Diego, he has been a member of the violin section of the Akron Symphony since 1989. Known for unusual versatility on many instruments, Ostrow has performed with the Akron Symphony Orchestra on trombone, soloed as guitarist, conducted, and once appeared as a dancer. Ostrow soloed and performed extensively in Venezuela with Caracas Philharmonic for seven years, where he first learned guitar. He gravitated later to the violin, learning the art of strolling violin on the streets of Europe. He currently performs and plays trombone, trumpet, violin and tsimbl, with the Yiddishe Cup Klezmer Band.
No registration is required for this free program. For more information, call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010 or visit hudsonlibrary.org.