Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"A Very Jazzy Christmas!" Concert featuring The Andy Kahn Trio


Overbrook Park Library



Saturday, December 21st

1pm - 2:30

Andy Kahn
The Andy Kahn Jazz Trio
Kenny Davis: Bass
Bruce Klauber: Drums
All are Welcome to this Free Jazz Holiday Concert!
Light Refreshments will be Served!
Free Special Gift for First 50 People
For more information contact the
Overbrook Park Library
7422 Haverford Ave.
Phila. Pa 19151
 Phone: 215.685.0183


Thursday, November 21, 2013

50 Years Anniversary of JFK's Assassination


John Fitzgerald Kennedy
35th President of the United States
1917 -1963

Even after 50 years after the death of our 35thPresident, John F. Kennedy
his legacy as well as the mysteries behind his untimely demise goes on.
 But one thing is for sure, America lost a groundbreaking,
charismatic president.

JFK had many great accomplishments but here are a few:


1)     He became the 35th president of the US at the age of 43.
      He was the youngest, as well as the first Catholic president of the US.


2)     He served in the US senate form 1953-1960


3)    Served in the US Navy in WWII and Won the Purple Heart,
      a medal for soldiers injured or killed in the line of duty.


4)     JFK's cautious and sensible approach to the standoff during
      the Cuban missile crisis that ultimately diverted a nuclear war
      with the Soviet Union and secured the removal of missiles from


5)    Under JFK's administration, laws was put in place to end
     segregation in interstate travel facilities


6)    JFK issued an executive order prohibiting discrimination in the
      sale or lease of housing that was financed by federally guaranteed
      loans or owned by the federal government.

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you,
ask what you can do for your country.
John F. Kennedy
 Here are a few books about President Kennedy that are in
The Free Library of Philadelphia collection.




Thursday, November 7, 2013

Celebrating the life of “Father John D'Amico”

Celebrating the life of “Father John D'Amico”

A Philadelphia Jazz Legend

Father John D'Amico

My friend, Father John D'Amico was an outstanding jazz pianist who had fans wherever he played throughout the city, and he was also a compassionate and devoted to helping other people, passed away this week.

Father John was born John Aloysius D'Amico, a former Roman Catholic priest, was 74 and lived in Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. He played his cool style of jazz at numerous venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and was also a music historian and teacher.
John performed solo and also with his trio, consisting of Kenny Davis on bass and Gregory McDonald on drums. Over the years, he performed with some of the jazz greats, including Lionel Hampton, Jimmie Oliver, Bootsie Barnes, Bruce Klauber and Philly Joe Jones.

Just last April, he did us the honor of performing at our library Overbrook Park helping us celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month. We were looking forward to seeing and hearing Father John play his piano at our “2013 Holiday Celebration” this December but God had better plans for him. He was a true friend to the Overbrook Park Library on his last visits he told me “he just wanted to expose the young people to the rich history of jazz music”.

Father John D'Amico was an extraordinary musician as well as an extraordinary human being and he will be missed by many.
  (LtoR) Bruce Klauber(drums), Kenny Davis (Bass), Marvin DeBose & John D'Amico(Piano)
 The Father John Trio visit to the Overbrook Park Library last April for "Jazz Appreciation Month”
Services: Memorial service 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Carpenter Lane and Lincoln Drive, Mount Airy.