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Peterson Performance Series


The inaugural Peterson Concert at Greenwich Library took place in April of 2000 and featured the great jazz saxophonist, James Moody. Since that time, a partial list of performers appearing in the Series includes: Leo Kottke, Karen Akers, Graham Parker, Maggie and Suzzy Roche, Joey DeFrancesco, Tommy Makem, Vance Gilbert, Patty Larkin, Bennie Wallace, Susan Werner, Greg Brown, Orleans, Huun-Huur-Tu, Stacy Kent, Joe Lovano, Cindy Blackman, Johnny A, Luciana Souza, Monty Alexander and Marshall Crenshaw. These free events were all made possible by Clementine Peterson's generous bequest to Greenwich Library.

"Thanks for your concert series - they are a total delight. The high level of performers is astonishing. Who can believe I walked into the Greenwich Library and heard Lucy Kaplansky perform. And now to learn that Nellie McKay is on the bill. This is not only a generous series but a brilliant one. It's a gift to have top performers being brought into our community for free - thank you!"

"—Drew"



Peterson Performance Series

James McBride and the Good Lord Bird Gospel Band

The Peterson Concert Series presents author and musician James McBride and his Good Lord Bird Gospel Band, on Sunday, February 28 at 3:30 pm for an afternoon of inspirational words and music in the Cole Auditorium. Praised for its mix of history and imagination surrounding the legendary abolitionist John Brown, The Good Lord Bird received the 2013 National Book Award for fiction. McBride will share his thoughts and read from The Good Lord Bird, accompanied by his quintet. With Show Tyme Brooks (drums), Trevor Exter (bass), Keith Robinson (guitar), Adam Faulk (piano), James (sax) and the whole band on vocals. James McBride is an author, musician, and screenwriter. His landmark memoir and NYT bestseller The Color of Water, is read in schools and universities across the United States. McBride studied composition at The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and received his Masters in Journalism from Columbia University at age 22. He is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU. This concert is presented in collaboration with Authorslive@GreenwichLibrary. The program is free and open to all through the support of the Greenwich Library Board of Trustees and generous donors. Doors open at 3 pm. For more information contact Peterson Music Librarian David Waring at dwaring@greenwichlibrary.org or call (203) 622-7917. .

Sunday, February 28, 2016
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library

Peterson Concert: Hot Club of Cowtown

Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, Hot Club of Cowtown's star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band's global brand. Lauded for its "down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation" (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp "at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away" (The Independent), and "conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time" (New York Times). The band's musical alchemy has been described as "another breathless journey in the Texas tardis" (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that "The excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound." The Belfast Telegraph calls them "a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game," while the New York Times, reviewing a live performance in New York City in 2011, describes the trio as armed with "an arsenal full of technique and joy."

Sunday, March 06, 2016
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library

Peterson Concert: The West Point Band

The Military Academy's chamber ensemble will perform a 90 minute concert in the Library's Cole Auditorium

Sunday, April 10, 2016
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library

Peterson Concert: Eldar

This highly acclaimed jazz pianist's trio will play a free concert in the Cole Auditorium

Sunday, October 16, 2016
3:30 AM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library

Peterson Concert: AyreHeart

Acclaimed early music group will play a free concert in the Library's Cole Auditorium.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
3:30 PM
Cole Auditorium
Greenwich Library