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Peterson Performance Series


The inaugural Peterson Concert at Greenwich Library took place in April of 2000 and featured the great jazz saxophonist, James Moody. Since that time, a partial list of performers appearing in the Series includes: Leo Kottke, Karen Akers, Graham Parker, Maggie and Suzzy Roche, Joey DeFrancesco, Tommy Makem, Vance Gilbert, Patty Larkin, Bennie Wallace, Susan Werner, Greg Brown, Orleans, Huun-Huur-Tu, Stacy Kent, Joe Lovano, Cindy Blackman, Johnny A, Luciana Souza, Monty Alexander and Marshall Crenshaw. These free events were all made possible by Clementine Peterson's generous bequest to Greenwich Library.

"Thanks for your concert series - they are a total delight. The high level of performers is astonishing. Who can believe I walked into the Greenwich Library and heard Lucy Kaplansky perform. And now to learn that Nellie McKay is on the bill. This is not only a generous series but a brilliant one. It's a gift to have top performers being brought into our community for free - thank you!"

"—Drew"



Peterson Performance Series

Bennie Wallace

Library Celebrates Black History Month with Iconic Jazz Concert & Panel

To celebrate Black History Month, Greenwich Library will present a weekend of events in the Cole Auditorium in cooperation with BackCountry Jazz featuring the music of jazz great Duke Ellington. The weekend kicks off with a Friends Friday Film screening of Paris Blues on Friday, February 20 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m. Then, on Saturday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m., enjoy a concert and panel discussion with a stellar group of jazz musicians organized by BackCountry Jazz.

Directed by tenor saxophone master Bennie Wallace, the group will feature pianist Donald Vega, guitarist Bobby Broom, bassist George Mraz, percussionist Luisito Quintero and drummer Billy Drummond. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. Following the concert, Wallace will lead a panel discussion about Ellington’s music and influence.

Duke Ellington remains one of the most significant members of the jazz pantheon. The Duke’s elegant and sophisticated compositions, along with those by the celebrated Billy Strayhorn, were performed by the legendary Duke Ellington Orchestra and smaller ensembles throughout Ellington’s career, which spanned the decades from the 20’s into the 70’s. Compositions from the Ellington/Strayhorn songbook continue to provide fertile material for the interpretive efforts of the latest generations of jazz musicians.

The Peterson Concert Series is free and open to all through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and generous donors. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please contact Peterson Music Librarian David Waring or visit www.backcountryjazz.org.

Saturday, February 21, 2015
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library

Frank Vignola/Vinny Raniolo Guitar Duo

Peterson Concert

Sunday, March 15, 2015
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library

Christine Lavin/Don White

Peterson Concert

Sunday, May 17, 2015
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library

Peterson Concert: Julian Lage

The young jazz guitar phenomenon will perform a 90 minute concert in the Cole Auditorium. His esteemed sidemen will be bassist Scott Colley and drummer Kenny Wollesen.

Sunday, October 18, 2015
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library