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Westfield Memorial Library Foundation Presents First Event in Weiss Family Jazz Series

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On Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m., the Westfield Memorial Library will present Keith Franklin Jazz, the first in the Weiss Family Jazz Series. The Library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

Established with a bequest to the Westfield Memorial Library Foundation, the Weiss Family Jazz Series commemorates longtime library patrons Joseph and Dorothy Weiss. Future performances will include the Mason Gross School of the Arts Jazz Trio on May 4 and jazz singer Marlene Verplanck on October 5.

Keith Franklin is a creative jazz pianist who has a B.A. in piano performance from Rutgers University. He has toured in the U.S and opened for Blood Sweat and Tears, B.B. King, Iron Butterfly and the Youngbloods. After his foray into rock and roll, he returned to his jazz roots.

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Vocalist Catrice Joseph graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Arts and New York University. She has performed in over twelve countries and toured nationally with shows such as Hair, Fame and Tommy. Her Broadway credits include Seussical, Bird Girl, Rent and All Shook Up.

Scot Hornick, double and electric bassist, has studied and performed with many great musicians. Live performances have taken him all over North and Central America, as well as Europe and Scandinavia. He teaches at Mercer County Community College and Bill Wright's School of Music.

Tom Papadatos, drummer, is a Berklee College of Music graduate. He has been performing in the New York area, and has toured in the United States, Asia and Europe with various pop, rock, blues, and jazz artists, as well as modern dance companies.

The program is 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 our 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.

“Leaving a legacy to the library through the Gifts Program or through a donation to the Foundation is a wonderful way to commemorate a loved one,” said Library Director Phil Israel. “Organizations and businesses can also participate. A gift from an organization means recognition for its accomplishments throughout the year, and a gift from a business is a unique way to recognize retirees, founding days, or other special events.”

For more information on the Gifts Program, contact Mr. Israel at 908-789-4090 extension 4119.

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. The library will be closed Monday, Feb. 15 for Presidents’ Day.

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.”

 

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