This year the Fort Worth Public Library celebrates their 5th anniversary of 3rd Thursday Jazz Series. Every third Thursday of the month from May through September, they offer live Jazz performances at the Gallery located in the Central Branch of the Fort Worth Public Library. This series is sponsored by the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation. Free refreshments are available before the performance and during intermission.
This past Thursday they featured FREDDIE JONES QUINTET. Thunderstorms and the prediction of flash flooding was not enough to keep the crowd away. The Gallery was full of folks anxious to hear the smooth sounds of jazz.
Freddie Jones is a composer, producer and trumpeter, well established in the North Texas area. If you have never seen Mr. Jones perform, you are missing out. His skill with the trumpet is amazing and his ability to connect with the audience, of all ages, is truly remarkable. His performance was lively, fun, soothing and interactive. He engages the audience through playful songs and conversation. One of the conversations was an introduction to the Flugelhorn, an instrument he is often asked to identify. This performance featured the use of two different trumpets and the flugelhorn. At one point of the night, Mr. Jones played both the trumpet and the flugelhorn at the same time, leaving the audience in sheer amazement. Something that really stands out about Mr. Jones is that he does not monopolize the stage. He acknowledges and highlights the talent of each of his band members. He also takes the time to encourage his band members throughout the performance. Solo performances by Frederick Sanders (piano), Lou Harless (bass) and Jamil Byrom (drums) were followed by a roar of applause and delight. The night ended with the band playing a widely known song and ending abruptly with Freddie Jones, moving his arms as a conductor towards the audience, at which time the audience in unison sang the words, “pop goes the weasel”. Mr. Jones is very passionate about his music and sharing his talent.
Leslie Oliver, President of the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation, mentioned that he has a non-profit, Trumpets4Kids. Through this foundation he raises money to provide musical instruments for children and provide music education for them. They then offer opportunities to share their new found talent with the community through concert performances.
The last two performances of the 3rd Thursday Jazz Series will feature:
- Clyde George Quintet - August 23, 2014
- Shelly Carrol Quartet - September 18, 2014
Performances begin at 6:30 PM. For more information, call (817) 871-7323.
500 West Third Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102