First Fall Jazz Show on Tap at Library

The 2013 Live @ the Library Concert Series, which benefits the Alameda Free Library, kicks off tonight, Sept. 21.

Doors open at 7 p.m. in the back of the Main Library. At 8 p.m., jazz singer Madeline Eastman and pianist Randy Porter will take the stage.

“We are always trying to get diversity for Live @ the Library,” said Ruth Belikove, who co-produces the shows in cooperation with Eileen Savel. “We haven’t ever had a just a singer and a pianist, which makes Madeline and Randy’s appearance very special. Christian’s group is full of wonderful musicians, and the audience in Alameda really loved Paula last year.”

Tickets for the shows are $35 each or $90 for all three. They can be bought in person at the Dewey’s Friends Café in the Main Library or at Books Inc., as well as online at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Eastman, a San Francisco native, has been recognized by “DownBeat” magazine and has performed in countries like Japan and Finland, in New York, at the Monterey Jazz Festival and at many other events. She’s taught for local Bay Area jazz programs and released five CDs.

She will perform with Porter, a Steinway Artist, who’s shared the stage with jazz greats like Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer and Benny Golson. He’s also performed with the Charles McPherson Quartet in the U.S. and Europe, where he toured with bassist David Friesen, as well.

Janet Levaux