It is a Monday night, and it is way past my son’s bedtime already, but I dragged my family out into the city against their will for a night of Baseball Legends and Jazz Icons. When it comes to the arts, I will break all kinds of family rules about bedtimes and chocolate and skipping school. My son just started trumpet lessons, and both my children are very musical in their own way so a night at Symphony Hall as a guest of a former Boston Red Sox pitcher and an organization called United Sound seemed like the perfect place for us all to be late on a Monday night with members of the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.
A Double Header: Baseball Legends and Jazz Icons was also a fundraiser for United Sound. United Sound is a program that gives students with intellectual or developmental disabilities a chance to participate in music programs. United Sound partners locally with Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs.
So there we were with a child slumped on my shoulder and another one bopping along to the jazz compositions old and new. The first half to the concert had renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, saxophonist Jeff Coffin of the Dave Matthews Band, jazz drummer Billy Kilson (a Berklee Alum), and Jazz bassist Ben Williams grooving together over some original compositions, a little Duke Ellington and some Pee Wee Ellis.
For the second half, we were jamming out to Pearl Jam, The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis and Tom Petty among others. It was like the best radio jam out session a 40 year old could as for. Singing lead was former Red Sox pitcher Bronson Arroyo with Miley Cyrus’ guitarist, Jamie, Arentzen, rocking out to his left surrounded by the talents of Michael Martin, Eric Gardner, Elan Trotman, Ed Valauskas and Clint Walsh as well as members of the Boston Pops.
This is what I’m talking about when I speak of city living. It isn’t just anywhere that you can go out on a Monday night to have a former Red Sox player trade his baseball for a microphone and hold a concert full of 1990’s radio hits backed by world renowned