Jazz at Central Library

The Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet is the featured performance for Fort Worth Central Library’s free May 19, 3rd Thursday Jazz Series 2016. The music begins at 6:30 PM, Thursday, May 19.

From the famous Marsalis family, Delfeayo is one of the top trombonists, composers, and producers in jazz today. The man is known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind, and frequent touches of humor”, according to L. Feather of the LA Times. He is “one of the best, most imaginative, and musical of the trombonists of his generation”, per P. Elwood, San Francisco Examiner. What a treat awaits his audience.

Another treat is the refreshment table manned by the Library’s employees and usually stocked with delicious cookies, coffee, and bottled water. Patrons can enjoy a pat on the tummy and a pat on the heart.

Free parking is available in the Sundance Square Garage III at 420 Throckmorton Street and on the streets after 6:00 PM. Entrance to the parking garage is located on 3rd. Street just a block from the Library’s entrance at 500 W. 3rd. Street in downtown Fort Worth.

Annie Ambles to Third Thursday Jazz

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The Spectrum’s May 16 Concert

Annie doesn’t know who wrote that memorable line, but she thinks it’s true that “Music has the power to soothe the savage beast.” Not to imply that you’re a savage beast, Darling, but only that chamber music is a wonderfully soothing balm for the mind and spirit.

Now in its 30th. season, The Spectrum, Fort Worth’s Chamber Music Ensemble, will gift us with an evening of chamber music featuring the performances by Crimson, a harp and violin duo, specializing in music for this unusual combination. Schubert’s Quintet in C, one of the greatest compositions in all of chamber music, will also be part of the program.

Plan to attend  the Monday, May 16, concert at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1959 Sandy Lane, in Fort Worth. It starts at 7:30 PM and is free, but you can make a suggested donation of $10, or $5 for senior citizens and students. Children pass the plate without being expected to drop in their allowances.

What’s playing on the program? Glad you asked because Patricio da Silva’s violin and harp music of 2016 will have its world premiere. From 1979, we’ll hear Ravi Shankar’s L’Aube enchantee sur le Raga Todi, and Franz Schubert’s Quintet in C for Two Violins and Viola and Two Cellos, D. 956. It’ll be quite a night.

Annie Ambles to hear the Spectrum’s music

Life is Better With Music

Annie ambled over to Bass Hall last night to hear the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Miguel Harth-Bedoya (handsome dude) gift its patrons with an exceptional musical evening.

The performance began with Aaron Copeland’s dance episodes from Rodeo (1943). The piece is actually from his ballet that was written at the request of a ballerina. The ballet’s scenario depicts a Saturday afternoon rodeo, as well as the evening dance that follows. There is even a “Yeeha” that we Texans appreciate.

The musicians moved smoothly from the American West to Russia for Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Opus 35 from 1878, proving that music is timeless. Tchaikovsky composed this, his only violin concerto, during the spring of that year. Guest violinist Midori, recognized as an extraordinary performer, was born in Japan in 1971, and made her debut in New York when she was 11. Her rendition of the concerto was simply lovely and emotional. She received a resounding standing ovation.

Violinist Midori, playing with Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall ...

After a 20-minute intermission, the FWSO played another Tchaikovsky favorite–the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Very romantic and moving. Then, an extreme change of pace, ending with Gershwin’s An American in Paris. You know the one with the Parisian taxi horns? A fun way to end a musical adventure.

You can probably get a ticket to hear the program yourself as there is a Saturday night as well as a Sunday afternoon performance. Although this event is not free as most of this blog’s events are, you’ll be pampering yourself with a spiritual massage. Well worth the price. Then, too, the program has an insert about the Symphony’s “Concerts in the Garden” season June 3 through July 4 in the FW Botanic Garden–16 nights of music with fireworks every night!

Annie wants to thank the Fort Worth Police Department for blocking off the street after the performance, providing a safe path from the Hall to the parking garage.

Annie Ambles enjoys the FWSO’s music

More Live Music at Central Market

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Can’t make it to¬† Friday night’s dueling pianos wingding at Fort Worth’s Central Market? Well, guess what–you’ve got another free music treat Saturday, May 14 at 5:30 PM. If the sky doesn’t open up again with a nightly shower, you’ll hear the group “Hightower” play all kinds of music. Hightower is a five piece Texi-Cali band with heavy influences of Soul, Rock, and peppered with a little country. Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, dark, sultry, and campy in nature, every member in the band has performed extensively throughout the U.S. There’ll be something for most every musical taste.

Speaking of taste, give yourself a break from cooking and buy something different from the store’s deli. You may want to get something you’ve never tasted before to find out if you have a new taste treat. Be adventurous!

Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clements, gave us some pretty good advice when he wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Annie Ambles tries unfamiliar food from Central Market’s Deli

Shrimply Irresistible

Who among us is a shrimp lover? Yes, Annie sees those hands going up all across Texas and maybe even as far away as Florida. Annie loves eating them, especially if they are peeled and deveined with tails still there to get a grip. Then, she’s ready to eat ’em by diving into her favorite gumbo, scampi, or just straight from the boiling pot. Well, you can get P&D Shrimp 21/25 count for only $9.99/pound right now at Central Market and eat ’em for yourself. That’s a savings of $8/pound, and you don’t have to go all the way to Aruba to get them.

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While you’re there at I-30 and Hulen in Fort Worth, you may want to take the New Orleans Steakhouse cooking class, Friday, May 13, 6:30-9:00 PM. Call 817-989-4700 for details, including the cost. You’ll spend some time in the kitchen learning to make a delicious meal inspired by the best of the Crescent City. What’s cooking? Oysters Bienville, Muffaletta Salad, Steak with Crawfish Bordelaise, Creamy Grits with Corn and Anduillo Sausage, and Classic Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. Rumor has it that you’ll eat what you cook. Let Annie know.

Before you take the class, you may want to sit on the patio this Friday, May 13, at 6 PM to hear a free musical treat of dueling pianos played by Tim Georgeff and Mississippi Street Thomas. They’ll be playing until 9 PM. Park on the huge lot for free, too.

Annie Ambles to Central Market for food and music

Double Feature

More is always better. Right? If you’re a fan of double dip ice cream cones, two or more pizza slices, and the free refillable coffee cup, you’re Annie’s kind of person. Taking that into consideration, just think how wonderful it is going to be tonight to have music provided to us by two of Fort Worth’s fine jazz groups.

Sundance Square’s Band on the Bricks should be called Bands on the Bricks tonight as the Paschal High School Jazz Ensemble plays in downtown from 5:00 until 6:00 PM. Young musicians play their hearts out. Annie for one is grateful. You can buy food and drink to eat in the Square, too, between the two performances.

After a thirty minute break, the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Ensemble takes the Sundance Plaza Stage at 6:30 PM and plays until 8:00 PM. More jazz to lift your spirits and get your feet tapping. Annie hopes the weather cooperates, especially after last night’s storm blew through downtown.

You will need to pay for parking if you come for the 5:00 PM performance, but after 6 PM, it’s free on the streets and in some lots. Please, please, please, pay for that hour and don’t chance getting a ticket. The traffic citation bicycle people come by every 10-15 minutes. Believe you me, you will get a parking ticket if you don’t pay.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square Plaza to hear some mighty fine jazz

Band on the Bricks

It’s going to be a great evening to drive or walk to Sundance Square Plaza to hear a fun Austin band–The Nightowls. The free music begins at 6:00 PM. Bring a sandwich or buy something at the Plaza. Don’t worry about paying for parking. It’s free after 6:00 PM.

Annie Ambles to Sundance Square