Magic Night of Jazz at the Library

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Magic Night of Jazz at the Library

By Miriam King, QMI Agency It was more than just a jazz concert.

The performance in the Atrium on June 11, held under the aegis of the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, was an event – an evening of music and storytelling by two legends of the jazz world, Tony Quarrington, jazz/blues/folk guitarist; and Don Francks, musician-actor-singer-raconteur.

Actor, jazz singer and musician Don Francks performed an exceptional concert at the Bradford Public Library on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, accompanied by guitarist Tony Quarrington. The concert, part of the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, was free.

Actor, jazz singer and musician Don Francks performed an exceptional concert at the Bradford Public Library on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, accompanied by guitarist Tony Quarrington. The concert, part of the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, was free.

Francks, whose credits include the NFB film The Circle, Finian’s Rainbow with Fred Astaire, and the TV series, La Femme Nikita, shared stories of his days on stage and in front of the cameras.

He talked about walking in on Fred Astaire, who was playing a ragtime tune on a piano; singing Old Devil Moon to Petula Clark – and not meeting Bob Dylan in 1967.

“I was going around with a girl called Carla. Her sister was going around with a guy named Bob Dylan.” They were supposed to go on a double-date, “but I went to see The Chambers Brothers instead.”

The short-lived Broadway show “Kelly” that closed on Opening Night, the old 78s of Jelly Roll Morton, jazz classics, some of the more obscure melodies that never made it to a recording studio – Francks talked and sang, seguing from topic to topic and tune to tune, as Quarrington provided accompaniment and illustration.

Tony Quarrington, guitarist, accompanied jazz singer and musician Don Francks in an exceptional concert at the Bradford Public Library on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The concert, part of the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, was free.

Tony Quarrington, guitarist, accompanied jazz singer and musician Don Francks in an exceptional concert at the Bradford Public Library on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The concert, part of the Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival, was free.

At one point, Francks did a “jam” on “Pennies from Heaven”, improvising lyrics and scat, challenging Quarrington with his tune and tempo changes.

An evening of pure jazz magic, at the Bradford Public Library.

Coming up at the Library: Free Family Saturdays. Drop in for crafts, activities and family fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., recommended for ages 3 and up. June 21 – kicking off the TD 2014 Summer Reading Club.