A free concert at the local library is always a treat for Dutchtown resident Carmen Duplessis.
The “Cool Latin Jazz on a Hot Summer Night” program at the Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown branch did not disappoint Duplessis and the 30 other people attending the June 26 program.
New Orleans Latin Jazz harpist and composer Patrice Fisher and the group Arpa, Spanish for harp, performed Latin jazz songs for more than an hour.
Many of the pieces were composed by members of the group or by their special guests, Jose Roberto Moreira and Javier Guiterrez.
Fisher, from New Orleans, is part of the Musicians for Music nonprofit group that highlights Hispanic arts and culture in the New Orleans area.
“I’ve never heard this mix of music and I’ve never seen a harpist perform with a jazz group,” Duplessis said. “It’s really a treat to come out on a rainy night and hear this caliber of music.”
The performance was supported by grants from the New Orleans Musician Assistance Foundation, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana States Arts Council, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development and Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
The library’s next free music concert is at 6:30 p.m. July 22 at the Dutchtown branch. Local musician Jim Bullion will perform his “Louisiana Country Roots” show.
Cajun French poet Beverly Matherne will perform his blues poetry in Cajun and English at 6 p.m. July 10 at the Gonzales branch.
She will be accompanied by percussionist Michael Tramonte.
For a complete schedule of library events, visit myAPL.org.