Music on the Hill

- June 22, 2011

"...the conversation you began with someone on the next blanket on the grass last week can simply be continued next week or the week after."

I was on the East Coast last week and missed the opening concert of this series with Saxophonist Doug Lawrence but made sure I did not miss the Wednesday, June 15th concert by Jazz Pianist Andy Kingston’s group with bassist Justin Bransford and drummer Cal Haines. These guys have been doing trio gigs around town for the last few months and played “in the pocket”, as always; but, for this concert, Andy added a horn section of Glenn Koster on sax and Paul Gonzales on trumpet – great charts and very tight ensemble sound.  Don’t miss an opportunity to hear the trio or the quartet.


St. John’s host for these concerts, Les  Samuel, talks of building community with these concerts. Chill Les, you have already done it. These are among some of the best events our little piece of heaven has to offer. And the “community” seems to build every year.  The concerts are universally stellar and the atmosphere is not to be missed. These are quintessential park concerts that would seem at home anywhere: Central Park, the Esplanade in Boston, Millennium Park in Chicago or Golden Gate – but so much more intimate. And, the conversation you began with someone on the next blanket on the grass last week can simply be continued next week or the week after.