by Rick Winterson
Not only was last Saturday a fine of example of South Boston’s sunny summer weather, it also featured the next to last Concert on the Ramparts. These are presented by WUMB-FM, the broadcast arm of UMass Boston. We’ll remind you to think about spending next Saturday afternoon as WUMB’s guests at their last summer concert on Castle Island.
The opening group – from UMass Boston – was a modern jazz quartet who call themselves “Jazz T”. Jazz T is that classic jazz quartet: a lead vocalist with keyboard, bass, and drums. Singer Olive Martin has an excellent, tuning-fork-true voice, a bit evocative of Sarah Vaughan or even Billie Holiday. There was a touch (or two) of be-bop in Jazz T’s music – do you remember that term? Many of their numbers were classic jazz – including “Georgia on my Mind” and “Girl from Ipenema”.
The second set featured Haley Chic, a recent Berklee graduate from Arlington, who sang and accompanied herself on acoustic guitar in the U.S. country & western genre. Her brother Paul provided rhythm support on the chair drum. Haley will be relocating to Nashville soon to pursue a singing career. She gave particularly strong renditions of “Folsom Prison”, “Wagon Wheels”, and Kris Kristofferson’s best known creation, “Me and Bobby McGee”.
WUMB’s Concert on the Ramparts last Saturday was certainly refreshing. It might sound odd, but the concert was 100% All-American. The urban American music performed by the Jazz T quartet coupled with the rural American C&W numbers sung by Haley Chic all carried the same stamp: “Made in the U.S.A.”.
And just to repeat our reminder: the last Concert on the Ramparts will take place this coming Saturday afternoon, August 27, from 2 till 4 p.m., on the west rampart of Fort Independence on Castle Island. WUMB-FM (91.9) will present two music groups, one each from UMass Boston and Berklee. Don’t miss it; it’s blessedly free.
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