On Wednesday, May 3, at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present the Gordon James Trio and on Saturday, May 6, at 2 p.m. the Light Opera of N.J. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.
Gordon James and his musicians will feature the Big Band swing music of the 1920's through the 1960's. They'll start with early bands like Paul Whiteman, Fletcher Henderson and Ben Pollack, as well as the swing bands of the 1930's and 1940's, such as Duke Ellington, Glen Miller, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.
To wrap things up on a high note, the trio will continue playing the likes of the swinging pop artists of the 1950's and 1960's including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nate Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and arrangers such as Nelson Riddle and Billy May.
Gordon James is a vocalist, trumpeter, flugelhornist and lecturer. He has played several times at the library over the years and always draws a large crowd of music lovers.
“Savoy Faire” is a Gilbert & Sullivan ensemble of featured artists from Light Opera of New Jersey, who are focused on community outreach. Their primary goal is to educate and enlighten audiences of all ages while providing top-notch entertainment.
Light Opera of New Jersey is the artist in residence at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, where they present an eclectic variety of musical offerings throughout the year ranging from opera to Broadway.
The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to the 43 libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Check our website to see if your library participates.) To register, 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 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
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.”