The Alameda Free Library Foundation says that tickets are on sale and interest is growing for its 2013 Live@the Library Concert Series, which benefits the Alameda Free Library.
The first show is set for Sept. 21, when jazz singer Madeline Eastman and pianist Randy Porter will take the stage at the Main Library. The Christian Tamburr Quartet performs on Oct. 19 as part of the series, and showstopper Paula West will appear on Nov. 16.
"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 United States and Europe, where he toured with bassist David Friesen.
Tamburr, a vibraphonist, pianist and percussionist, who teaches at San Jose State University, also has been recognized by "DownBeat." One of his four-piece acoustic group's CDs, "Places," was in the Top 10 charts after its recent release.
The musician has toured and performed with Julio Iglesias, Cirque du Soleil and Dave Brubeck, among others. He's taken the stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Center in New York.
Live@the Library will conclude its 2013 season with a show by West, who is known for her moving interpretations of jazz standards, cabaret favorites and many other pieces. For several years, the singer performed with noted pianist and arranger George Mesterhazy, who accompanied the late Shirley Horn. She's also sung with Mesterhazy's quartet in San Francisco and New York and took the stage with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in February.
"This should be a wonderful series of shows for Alameda," Belikove explained. "You can't do any better when it comes to this talent, even in New York."
For those looking to enjoy another type of talent, the Island Yacht Club invites female sailors and women looking to try out sailing to 21st-annual Women's Sailing Seminar on Sept. 28 and 29. The event's keynote speaker will be Sally Honey, who has won two U.S. Yachtswoman of the Year awards. (See www.womenssailingseminar.com.) More details in the next column.
Janet Levaux also writes the Alameda Journal Blog at www.ibabuzz.com/alamedajournal.