Andy Baer Jazz Quartet: A Musical Tribute for ‘Friend of the Year’ Jane Richardson

The Friends of the Charlestown Library has announced that they will host saxophonist Andy Baer next month as a tribute to Friend of the Year Jane Richardson.

Saxophonist Andy Baer continues to be one of Boston’s busiest musicians. In addition to leading his own jazz ensembles, Baer pilots the Beantown Saxophone Quartet, Hub Strutters Marching Band, and the Boston Jazz Orchestra. Baer’s jazz quartet includes Joe “Sonny” Barbato (piano/accordion), Todd Baker (bass fiddle), and Steve Langone (drums).
For many years, Charlestown resident Jane Richardson, a highly accomplished editor and writer in her own right, has been an active participant in coordinating numerous Friends of the Library endeavors, including serving as co-president. Her dedication has been beyond compare, and the Friends wish to thank her publicly for her many years of enthusiastic leadership and cheerful friendship.
Saxophonist Andy Baer’s performance credits include Dick Johnson and the Artie Shaw Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Rosemary Clooney, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, the Temptations, Frankie Valle and the Four Seasons, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to name a few.
The Friends of the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library was formed in 1953, becoming the second Friends group to organize within the Boston Public Library system. The Friends schedule four to six evening programs a year, support the Reading is FUNdamental programs for children, and maintain the library’s landscaping. The mission of the Friends remains today what it was in 1953: to serve as an advocacy and support group for the needs of the Charlestown Branch Library, its staff and users.

The May 10 presentation, reception and concert will immediately follow the brief Friends’ Annual Meeting held at 6:30 p.m. Current members will vote on the FY 2019 slate of Directors.

The time will take place Thursday, May 10, 7 p.m. award presentation, followed by the concert. Free and open to all, including a reception. Wheelchair accessible; conveniently located to the Orange Line and bus connections. Charlestown Branch Library, 179 Main Street, Charlestown. For more information:, [email protected], 617-242-1248.

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