Spring Concert Series Returns to William Hall Library

Spring Concert Series Returns to William Hall Library 
 
Beginning March 11, the Spring Concert Series returns to the William Hall Library in Cranston. The library welcomes musical groups Ten Strings, the Baker Brothers Band, and the Aristocats to their auditorium stage for three free concerts for the public. The performances will take place Saturdays, March 11, March 25 and April 15 from 2-3 PM.
 
On March 11, Ten Strings warms up early spring with bossa nova, jazz standards and swing tunes. This acoustic jazz group, comprised of  musicians David Spadazzi (guitar), Dennis Pratt (bass), and new addition Mike Clarke (drums), has been playing jazz standards, bossa nova, and swing tunes for over fifteen years.   
 
On March 25, the Baker Brothers Band performs a musical tribute to jazz great George Benson. This jazz trio consists of Mark Baker (guitarist and arranger), Dick “Papa” Souza (upright bass), and Paul Marcil (drums). The ensemble focuses on improvisation and tasteful interpretations of melodies from the 1940s-1980s.  For this series, they will be performing a tribute to jazz guitarist George Benson featuring his instrumental music from the 1960s to the 1974 crossover album Breezin’. 
 
On April 15, the Aristocats rounds out the series with a combination of Dixieland and swing (a genre the band calls “Swixie”), performing pieces from the Great American Songbook. Currently, the Aristocats features 96-year-old Nat Piccirilli on guitar and banjo, Dennis Pratt on the upright bass and vocals, premier jazz drummer Joseph Holtzman, and Lloyd Kaplan on clarinet and saxophone.
 
The William Hall Library is located at 1825 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905.

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