Swing to Bop and the Blues
CAFE CLASSICS, 816 N. Easton Road, Doylestown (215.489.3535) was serving up vocal stylings by the beautiful blonde ballad and blues singer Barbara Montgomery April 4. She has uncanny audience appeal and is equally at home with up-tempo jazz and soulful ballads. Bob Perkins, the mellifluous voiced DJ at WRTI is master of ceremonies. Sets go from 6 to 8 p.m. with a complete dinner and show for $45 or $20 for just listening.
Jimi Odell, the sweet singing jazz guitarist will be here leading his own group that is featured on his spanking new CD ( At The Half Century Mark ) on May 4th. They will be sure to play some of the sure fire standards from the record such as Sophisticated Lady and Body and Soul. One of the numbers gives a wry sketch of Jimi's background, Out of Nowhere which he subtitled from Nowhere Virginia to Nowhere Pa. He will also be at the Cape May Jazz Festival Saturday and Sunday jam sessions listed below.
CHRIS' JAZZ CAFE, 1421 Sansom St., Philadelphia (215.568.3131) April 4 and 5 had the return engagement of the exciting tenor sax man Eric Alexander and the trumpet virtuoso John Swana with their all star Quintet featuring Craig Ebner, guitar; Lucas Brown, organ and Dan Monaghan on drums. Next week brings in house regular and guitar master Jimmy Bruno along with the always swinging Mark Kramer Quartet.
ORTLIEB'S JAZZ HAUS, 847 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia (215.922.1035) April 4 and 5 had the exciting young tenor sax man Chris Farr with Joe Magnarelli on trumpet and the seasoned swinging stylings of the Sid Simmons Quartet. Sets are from 8:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. for just $5. CAPE MAY JAZZ FESTIVAL, N.J. this weekend had an all-star line up of proverbial living legends of jazz such as Clark Terry, James Moody, Oscar Brown, Dianne Reeves and Jimmy McGriff. Contact 609.884.7277 for price and performance details.