Khan Jamal and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center
I've reviewed several of the Kimmel/Mellon Jazz Festival events over the past two years, and really am impressed with the rich variety of styles and approaches which Kimmel Program Director Mervon Mehta has put together for these shows. My understanding of the music has expanded as a result, and I am looking forward to what the future holds at the Kimmel jazz-wise. Mr. Mehta has also devoted himself to bringing in Philadelphia based musicians such as Pat Martino, Joey DeFrancesco, and Jim Ridl as well as those with local origins such as Ravi Coltrane and Michael Brecker. This reflects the Kimmel's commitment to the city's populist base. The term "Philadelphia Sound usually refers to the lush string section of the Philadelphia Orchestra, but I like to think that in time it may also come to allude to the collective contributions of the generations of great jazz performers who hail from this region.
Victor L. Schermer