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Dave Rocha Jazz Trio

April 22, 2017      Saturday 3 – 4pm

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and we invite you for a special celebration at the Union City Library!  Master horn and trumpet player Dave Rocha and his jazz trio will perform jazz standards, pop and show tunes, and original compositions.  The program is free and open to all, no registration required!


Enjoy some sample tracks below:

A Portrait of Jennie –  A beautiful ballad with flugelhorn, piano, drums and bass.

Let’s Cool One – This unique arrangement alternates between 5/4 and 4/4 time every four measures. It features flugelhorn, piano, drums, and bass.

Sombrero Sam – Some Latin jazz, including trumpet, small Hammond organ, bass and Latin percussion.

You can find the full page of available CD/Audio Samples here.


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for May 23, 2016

tell me a tattoo storyTell Me a Tattoo Story by Alison McGhee and Eliza Wheeler

“A  modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There’s a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside—which might be the best tattoo of them all.”                  [JPB McGHEE,A]

whyWhy? by Crispin Boyer

“The concept is simple. Got a question? Well now you have an answer! 1,111 of them, in fact. Want to know why your snot is yellow? Flip to the human body chapter. What’s on the inside of a turtle shell? The animal section’s got you covered. What’s in the deepest part of the ocean? Why doesn’t Earth just float off into space? Check, check, and check. With hundreds of topics ranging from silly to serious, we’ve got the expert information you need in a fun and entertaining format that will keep kids digging for answers. Answers include all kinds of fascinating extra info like top ten lists, weird-but-true facts, explorer profiles, and cool activities. Now, go stump your parents!”                    [J031 BOYER]

picturepediaPicturepedia: An Encyclopedia on Every Page

“Thousands of detailed, full-color photographs and illustrations catalog subjects ranging from history and space to the natural world and prehistoric life in a mini-encyclopedia that provides capsule profiles, visual timelines and other essential facts.

“Chapters on science and technology, nature, geography, culture, sports and hobbies, and history cover insects, musical instruments, spacecraft, world maps, famous discoveries, prehistoric life, and more. Every double-page spread contains a wealth of information on a given topic, with galleries, lists, sequences, facts, timelines, and much more; while every topic is illustrated with up to 100 photos, graphics, and illustrations.”             [J031 PICTUREPEDIA]

awesome ideasAwesome Ideas by Daniel Lipkowitz

“LEGO® Awesome Ideas is an all-new ideas book that unlocks the secrets of LEGO building and shows fans how to create a world with their imagination. Beautifully clear photography and informative text demonstrates how entire models are built up while also providing step-by-step visual breakdowns and offering alternative ways to build models.

“With creative model ideas and visual tips and techniques, LEGO Awesome Ideas will inspire anyone, from beginners to accomplished builders.”         [J689-725 LIPKOWITZ]

top 10 gamingTop 10 Gaming by Paul Terry

“Top 10 for Kids Gaming is a game-ready book full of checklists about gaming which display fun facts and illustrations in a humorous way that only kids understand. It has more than just Top 10 lists. A team of four cool kids interject humor and introduce “Killer Facts” and “The Lowdown” details.”                        [J794.8 TERRY]

jazz dayJazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxanne Orgill and Francis Vallejo

“When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: how about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn’t own a good camera, didn’t know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off? In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame ofHarlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians’ mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer’s day. Francis Vallejo’s vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an author’s note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kane’s famous photograph.”                    [J811.6 ORGILL,R]


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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for June 9, 2014

Today is the day! Come in to the Library, sign up for Paws to Read, the Summer Reading Game for 2014, and pick up a game board! Then start reading!

Read to yourself, read to someone else, listen while someone reads to you, or listen to a recorded book. You can read magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites, eBooks, and of course books! They can be books you already own or borrow from a friend or the Library. Keep track of how much time you spend in reading by coloring in one bone shape on the game board — then, beginning Monday, June 16, bring the board with you to the Library where you can start spinning and stamping!

When you get your first Bingo by stamping a line,  you win prizes! If you continue to read, spin and stamp until you cover the entire board, you win more prizes!

You have all summer to play and win, so take your time! If you do cover your board and want to continue to play, you may — however, everyone  wins only one set of prizes.

Here are some great new books you might like:

Tugboat by Michael Garland

“Make way for a small boat with amazing strength. The powerful little tugboat can do big jobs—such as pulling an ocean liner, a cargo ship, barges, even a bridge! It maneuvers the tall ships and tugs the fireworks barge.

“Stunning paintings of vibrant harbor scenes in every kind of weather.”                         [JPB GARLAND]

The Nethergrim by Matthew Jobin

“Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes’ honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

“Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together–and work apart–in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.”       [J JOBIN]

Benny Goodman and Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome

“Expressive poetry honors the first widely seen integrated jazz performance: the debut of the Benny Goodman quartet with Teddy Wilson in Chicago in 1936.

“It wasn’t soft
It wasn’t black
It wasn’t sweet
It wasn’t white
It was swing

“Brought together by the love of playing jazz music, Teddy Wilson and Benny Goodman broke the color barrier in entertainment when they formed the Benny Goodman Trio with Gene Krupa.”    [J781.65092 CLINE-RANSOME]



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International Jazz Day 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 is the second annual International Jazz Day.

“Spurred by the success of the first celebration, UNESCO, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz (TMIJ) will be organizing the second International Jazz Day on April 30th, 2013. This day is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples.”

“This year’s commemoration will feature a daylong series of jazz events and a major evening performance in Istanbul, Turkey, this year’s host city. Activities will feature jazz greats including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, George Duke, Abdullah Ibrahim, Keiko Matsui, Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, and Jimmy Heath.

“International Jazz Day, a U.S. initiative, was established in 2011 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which noted the art form’s American origins, and described jazz as a “universal music of freedom and creativity.” Jazz has long been an important component of U.S. cultural outreach and interaction with foreign audiences. Department of State jazz programs over the last sixty years have featured such legends as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Dizzy Gillespie, and many others. Jazz remains an international language, and promotes dialogue among cultures, freedom of expression, diversity, and the crucial role of youth in fostering social change.

“Plans are in place for this concert to be streamed live to millions around the world on April 30 at 9:00 p.m. Istanbul time (7:00 p.m. UTC/ 2:00 p.m. EDT). Viewers can learn more about the program and join the live webcast.”

“Celebrate UNESCO International Jazz Day 2013 with a free jazz performances by Hot Club of San Francisco, Left Bank Trio and The Jazzschool of Berkeley on April 30, 2013.

“Free, but an RSVP is required.

“Special guests Pablo Castro, President of United Nations Association San Francisco and Susan Muscarella, Founder and CEO of Jazz School Berkeley will speak briefly about the influence of Jazz Music on Education and Culture.” http://sf.funcheap.com/unesco-international-jazz-day/

Many other events are also planned around the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Monday Children’s Book Reviews for July 27

Heaven’s All-Star Jazz Band by Don Carter

“From its captivating endpapers to its funky title page, this book will draw readers in with its strong, pulsing beat. A small boy imagines that his Grandpa Jack, who loved jazz and who is now up in heaven, is surrounded by all the greats. In Heaven’s Cotton Club, there’s an all-star band filled with all the immortals from Louis Armstrong to Charlie Parker to Miles Davis. Grandpa Jack hangs back, nervous about being in the company of these jazz legends, but the music draws him in and finally, after watching the singers and musicians he’s loved all his life, he starts moving and grooving to their sounds, even playing the spoons. His musicality earns him his angel wings.”  Jane Marino, Scarsdale Public Library, NY, SLJ Reviews 2002 November   [JPB CARTER]

Benny and Penny in the Big No-No!: a Toon Book by Geoffrey Hayes

“What will Benny and Penny find when they cross the line in The Big No-No? Benny’s favorite pail is missing, and there are mysterious muddy footprints. In this charming whodunit, Benny and his little sister Penny team-up to investigate, braving the dangers of the new neighbor’s yard, and finding something unexpected on the other side of the fence.”      [JE HAYES]

Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow by James Rollins

“When a mysterious envelope arrives for Jake Ransom, he and his older sister, Kady, are plunged into a gripping chain of events. An artifact found by their parents — on the expedition from which they never returned — leads Jake and Kady to a strange world inhabited by a peculiar mix of long-lost civilizations, a world that may hold the key to their parents’ disappearance.”    [J ROLLINS]

Beyond: A Solar System Voyage by Michael Benson

“You know about the planets, but you’ve never seen them like this before. Using images shot by space probes over the last forty years, Michael Benson gives us an up close and personal view of even the farthest of the planets in our solar system. The photos are absolutely stunning and you should definitely pick up this book.” Abby the Librarian  [J523.2 BENSON]

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