August 2020 music w/ John Baboian


Hi friends, hope your Summer has been going reasonably well.  I’ve been getting a lot of bike riding in when the weather permits.  I have a goal destination of a frozen yoghurt shop in Lexington that is about 7 miles away, so I like to use that as an excuse to go that far.  I know that distance doesn’t match the “Landoni’s” of the world (some of you know who I’m talking about), but it works for me.


My annual teaching trip to Brussels, Belgium was cancelled as the EU is still not letting US citizens travel there.  


Berklee will be entirely online in September.  Lessons have worked well online.  Labs and ensembles present different challenges but just have to be adjusted to the new norm.  I’m looking forward to the task, and continuing to make music with my students.  I think the school as a whole is doing the right thing, and the faculty and students are technically savvy enough to be able to handle the materials in the way that they will be presented.  It does take some extra work to be prepared as a teacher, but we’re doing what we can to keep the institution, and the education of the students, moving forward.  


In sports, well, they’re backkkkkkkkkk, but not off to a great start from any of them.  It’s interesting to watch a game in any of the sports and listen to the quiet in the stands as they play.  Such a different experience without the crowd.  


As far as gigs, things are opening up a bit.  Got a few private events coming up for small groups, and we will all be masked and practicing social distancing within the band.

In addition, we’ve got one outdoor concert coming up at Payson Park in Belmont.  The annual series has opened up and there are some rules for attending.  So, please go to the web site to see what is involved.  It’s a little more complicated than just showing up.  But we’ll be there and hopefully we’ll all have some fun.


In the meantime, please stay safe, wear your masks, and socially distance yourself so that we can get out of this dilemma sooner rather than later.


Thanks, Johnny B!!!!!


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The John Baboian Ensemble

Payson Park Music Festival

JB-guitar, Rich Greenblatt-vibes, Russ Hoffmann-keyboard

Danny Morris-bass, Larry Finn-drums

Outdoors at Payson Park

260 Payson Rd., Belmont, MA

corner of Elm St. and Payson Rd.

bring blankets and/or folding chairs

There is a limit to the amount of people that will be allowed in the park, 

so if the limit is reached and you can’t get in, you will still be able to hear us from your car.

Approximately 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Please read the very important info at