The refreshing sounds of cool jazz emanating from Eastwood Public Library was a summer delight last week. Public libraries have become very community oriented. At one time libraries were places that demanded quiet along with straitlaced, cranky librarians and shelves crammed with stuffy, boring books.
Dr. Lud Israel directs the talented young musicians who make up Neo Jazz Collective. It is my understanding that they will be performing at several libraries around the city. If you'd like to see some of their other performance venues watch this YouTube clip . And this one.
The students ages range from 11 to 18 years of age.
They have a CD which they recorded at the famed Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. I would have purchased one but I had to leave while they were still performing.