On Saturday, Oct, 1 at 2 p.m. the Westfield Memorial Library will present the Andy B.AND, and on Wednesday, October 5 at 7:00 p.m. the library will present Marlene VerPlanck as part of the Weiss Family Jazz Series. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
The Andy B.AND performance will be by Andy B, aka Andy Bernstein, who is the singer, percussionist, harmonica player, and primary songwriter for The VooDUDES. Inspired by the rise of American and retro soul music, Andy began a solo recording project.
The soon-to-drop result is a collection titled, “My Roots Are Showing.” The tunes range around American root influences from the rhythmic mountain spiritual “Great Time Coming,” to the DAP Records-style soul of “Break Someone Else's Heart.” He sings all of his heartfelt lyrics in a voice that one reviewer described as the “sound of a bourbon bottle lined with gravel.”
Under the Andy B.AND moniker, he has performed at the Bourbon Street Blues Festival; Metuchen Rocks; the Americana Lunge; the songwriters' showcase of 2016 Light of Day Festival in Asbury Park; and Hub City Music Festival in his hometown of New Brunswick, NJ.
Marlene VerPlanck, the final performer in the Weiss Family Jazz Series for 2016,
is a stellar voice on the jazz scene. Millions of people first heard her crystal-clear voice anonymously, on radio and television, when she espoused the merits of dozens of commercial products.
She got her start in the big-band business, as a very young vocalist with Charlie Spivak and Tex Beneke. In time, Marlene became one of the nation's busiest studio singers, backing up vocalists ranging from Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme to Kiss.
Following appearances on Alec Wilder's historic National Public Radio series, “American Popular Songs,” in the 1970s, Marlene emerged as a leading solo performer. Appearances at Carnegie Hall, Michael's Pub, and the Rainbow Room brought rave notices, and national TV shows, including “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Today Show” and CBS's “Sunday Morning,” featured profiles of the increasingly popular singer.
Today, Marlene performs across North America and much of Western Europe, while a growing roster of her solo CDs continues to win critical acclaim.
Established with a bequest to the Westfield Memorial Library Foundation, the Weiss Family Jazz Series commemorates longtime library patrons Joseph and Dorothy Weiss.
The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check the library’s website to see if your library participates.) To register for the program, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 option 0.
Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, resuming September 18.
For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”