Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter
4:47 pm CST January 23, 2018
“Think warm” was the concept behind The Tim Wilsey Trio’s performance Friday, Jan. 19, at the Orland Park Public Library, as a variety of salsa, Latin jazz, bossa nova and Hawaiian standards were featured on the diverse setlist, the origins of which spanned the globe.
The evening showcase provided a sonic sojourn from the cold Chicago-area weather, as the sounds of sunshine radiated from the musicians. From the irresistible first notes of the opening number, “Brazil,” audience members found themselves swept away in bright, bouncy rhythms. Before the concert began, band leader and percussionist Tim Wilsey explained why “Brazil” is the perfect way to start the show.
“The pulse penetrates and continues to drive throughout the whole song,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun. And I get to do an opening drum solo on it, so that’s always good.”
Familiar songs, including “Besame Mucho” and “Oye Como Va,” had concertgoers tapping their toes, but it was an early hit from Anthony Dominick Benedetto (also known as Tony Bennett) that hit the bull’s-eye with the crowd.
“At 91 years young, I’d say he’s had a pretty good career,” Wilsey joked, before the group played “Boulevard of Broken Dreams.”
Barrett Haselwood delivered the vocal melodies throughout the night, while delicately conjuring sounds of Hawaii with his ukulele.
“This music is so timeless,” Wilsey said. “We play Hawaiian music, as well, because Barrett lived in Hawaii for a number of years and is a former music director for Carnival Cruise Lines.”
Bassist Ari Seder also impressed, bringing classic jazz roots to his rhythms and solos.
Wilsey said, “We have a love affair with the style of music that we enjoy playing, and this music has become very popular around Chicago — in the city and the suburbs.”
Wilsey’s music is so in demand that this 2018 performance was booked, in part, because of the popularity of his previous appearance at the Orland Park Public Library.
Shane Peterson, outreach services assistant, explained, “Whenever we have a musician who is received really well, and we have people ask to have them back, and they have something else that’s a little different — his previous set was more jazz-oriented. We always aim to fit that into our schedule.”
Orland Park residents, Larry and Irene Segura enjoy all types of music and regularly attend the library’s concert series.
“We wanted to listen to some music here and experience a little cultural enrichment, you might say,” said Larry Segura.
Irene Segura added, “We like coming to the outdoor concerts in the summer, too. Those are really nice, and they have some really good music.”
Library patrons who attended The Tim Wilsey Trio concert also had a chance to experience the Conquering Low Earth Orbit NASA exhibit, which surrounded the stage space in the lobby. This special display — along with the second-floor exhibits — will be “lifting off” from the library in the spring, so it only will be viewable in Orland Park for a short time longer.
“People should make sure to check out the CLEO NASA exhibit, because that is leaving us — I’m sad to say — in April,” Peterson said. “But, we will continue to display the regular rotating collection of the library’s own NASA artifacts, of which we are the permanent stewards.”
For more information about the programs, exhibits and books offered at the Orland Park Public Library, visit www.orlandparklibrary.