Around Cape Ann
---- — Gloucester will celebrate the life and music of its world famous jazz trumpeter, Sylvester “Hooley” Ahola (1902-1995), a classic jazz trumpeter and cornetist, in two events this month at the Lanesville Community Center, at 8 Vulcan St. which once served as the Ahola family’s dairy barn.
The first event is free and takes place on Sunday, March 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The program is titled “Hooley’s Place in Jazz History,” which will feature his music and stories by people who knew and played with him. There will be photographs and displays as well as some of his home movies from the 1930s, which he was known for. The event is open to the public and will be followed by coffee and nisu.
Ahola performed in both England and the United States. In his early career, he began performing with Frank Ward and His Orchestra. In 1926, he was part of a two-month tour to England where he played with Paul Specht and his orchestra, followed by stints with The California Ramblers and Adrian Rollini and his band.
He moved to England in 1927 when he played with the Savoy Orpheans as well as with Bert Firman and Bert Ambrose. He returned to the United States in 1931 where he settled in New York City, only a drive from his native Gloucester.
The next event takes place on Saturday, March 23, from 8 to 11 p.m. featuring listening and dancing to Ahola’s music played live by the seven-piece jazz and swing band called The Seacoast Stompers. Beer and wine will be on sale. Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at Gloucester Music and the Plum Cove Grind in Lanesville, or $12 at the door. For more information, directions, visit go to: lanesvillecommunitycenter.org.
Also during the month of March, the Cape Ann Museum will celebrate “Hooley” with an exhibit from the museum’s archives.
World music star and film premiere
Essex-based filmmaker Ron Wyman first met composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede during the production of Wyman’s 2006 documentary titled “Tunde.”
Sunday, that film will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at the Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main St. in Gloucester. And North Shore music fans also can experience first-hand a live show by Jegede, a prolific musician of African music who has worked across several genres both as a performer (on cello, kora, piano and percussion) and producer.
The film “Tunde” follows the musician from recording studios in London and Bamako, Mali to a concert in Paris, and the broadcast-friendly cut of the film that Wyman is presenting on Sunday is a world premiere. For tickets and information, visit www.CapeAnnCinema.com.
Clog and Hornpipe concert
The Gloucester Clog and Hornpipe Society will perform at the Northshore UU Church in Danvers on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
This concert, prepared especially for Music in the Woods, will offer traditional Irish tunes and songs in celebration of Irish music month, with some original songs by Diane Taraz and Lynn Noel, and original tunes by Nancy Koch and John Berger. Mixed in will be a few maritime tunes and songs, a modern parody of a sad Irish ballad, and an Appalachian tune with a crowd-pleasing Pogo Cello solo by David “Doc” Rosen. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors/students, and free for children under 13.
The Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 323 Locust St. (Route 35) in Danvers. For more information, call the church at 978-774-7582, or visit www.nsuu.org.
Auditions for the new play “Birth,” changed due to an illness, have now been scheduled to take place Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church at 4 Cleaves St. in Rockport.
The play has been compared to a “Vagina Monologues for Childbirth.” For information, call Anita at 978-546-6599.
JoeAnn Hart reading
Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart will do a reading from her just published eco-novel titled “Float” next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport.
In her latest work, Hart has transformed the essence of the word “float” and its multiple meanings into an environmental novel.
In a one-sentence synopsis of the book, she wrote: “‘Float’ is the story of one man’s attempt to save his business (a fish dehydration plant) and his marriage (to a marriage counselor), while attempting to develop a jellyfish alternative to the plastics that are killing the oceans. Although the novel is humorous in its satire, the plot revolves around the current world crisis concerning the toxic nature of plastic refuse floating in the Earth’s oceans.”
Her book is described as a novel about the interplay of art, industry and plastics in the ocean.
Old Sloop presentations
Old Sloop Coffeehouse presents something for everyone with two concerts this weekend at the First Congregational Church of Rockport at 12 School St. downtown.
The Friday night concert featuring Gordon Bok is nearly sold out. Those interested in this show are advised to get tickets ahead of time because it is likely there will not be any at the door. There are a few tickets at Gloucester Music, and a few online. Bok has been the leading purveyor of the music of the sea for nearly a half century around the globe. He has more than 30 recordings featuring his own compositions and folk tunes from around the world. Gloucester’s own sea chantey ensemble, Three Sheets to the Wind, will open the concert.
There are plenty of tickets for Saturday’s children’s concert with Debbie and Friends at 10:30 a.m. at the church. This show features Grammy Award-winning children’s musicians Debbie and Friends, who take the audience on a trip through a variety of styles, from pop, to country, to rock, to reggae — all delivered by a cast of top-shelf musicians from Berklee College of Music, including former West Parish School teacher Debbie Cavalier on vocals and keyboards, Gloucester’s Rory McKenzie on bass, Eric Saulnier on guitar, Bill D’Agostino on drums, and Mike Carrera on vocals and crazy character voices.
The children enjoy being active participants, and the audience is as much a part of the show as Debbie and her band. Tickets for this show can be purchased from the website at oldsloopcoffeehouse.org., at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. Visit the website for more information on both events.
New England’s stone walls
New England’s miles and miles of stone walls can teach one about the commercial and cultural history of an area if one knows how to read them. Kevin Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss,” who has been building and studying the stone walls of New England for nearly 40 years, will give a free presentation on Saturday at the Sawyer Free Library in Gloucester from 2 to 4 p.m.
Gardner has traveled throughout New England to speak at dozens of historical societies, bookstores and libraries. He seeks to refocus attention on these landmarks, explaining why and how they were originally built and how their styles have changed over time. On the practical side, he also provides tips and techniques for restoring stone walls as well as information about design and materials for preservation. He has worked as a feature writer and producer for New Hampshire Public Radio. His book received great critical response and was selected as one of the top 50 books of 2001 by Christian Science Monitor.
The program is part of the Gloucester Lyceum’s Adult Lecture Series and includes a question period during which attendees are encouraged to share questions about their own projects.
An original performance
The Actors Studio of Newburyport presents “Incarnation, A Performance in Motion,” an original performance, presented by Exit Dance Theatre cellist Kristin Miller who is familiar to many on Cape Ann, and The Actors Studio.
Shows are Fridays and Saturdays, March 8 and 9, and March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.
This is part of The Actors Studio’s tradition of honoring Women’s History Month. This show is designed to be a multi-discipline experience, incorporating dance, live original cello scores, and text as it flows from one space to another. Each location offers a shift in the audience’s perspective. The Actors Studio of Newburyport is at 50 Water Street at The Tannery, Mill No. 1, Suite No. 5. For reservations and information call 978-465-1229 or visit: www.newburyportacting.org.
Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at email@example.com.