Jazz All Over Town
Philadelphia jazz venues can go from high art to delicatessens as the next two weeks offerings show.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 26th St. & the Parkway, 215.763-8100 on Jan. 10, 5- 8:30 p.m., had its Friday jazz presentation with Montreal piano man John Stetch blending his Ukrainian origins with classical and jazz . Next Friday, local favorites, vibes man Tony Micelli and bassist Kevin McConnell, add jazz to the art and cocktails here. Admission: $10; $7 seniors and students.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel, 10 S. Broad St., 215.523.8000 is still jumping every Saturday, 8:30-11:30 p.m. with the joyous jazz of the always exciting Tony Williams Quartet.
The Casino Deli, 2425 Welsh Road, 215.969.1968 Tuesday, 8-11 p.m. for $5 is featuring the explosively exciting Brian Pastor Big Band now in its 9th year, here. This top flight band brings new life to old standards.
The 23rd St. Cafe, Tuesday night jazz sessions, at 233 N. 23rd St., 215. 561.2488 are in their 13th year of creating dreams of glory for weekend warriors getting a chance to play with some top flight pros. Free shows go from 7:30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. The house trio has “Big Jim” Dofton, Drums; “Father John” D’Amico, piano and Mifflin Baker on bass. Dofton, who runs this show has been with this gig since it was started by Herman DeJong, a Dutch architect who plays bass and occasionally sits in. D’Amico is a major jazz pianist and leader. Often present at this jazz Twilight Zone are 92-year-old trumpet man Walter Jaka and Pa. Superior Court Judge Dick Klein. There are many others and the cast changes as the night goes on.
The L-2, a neighborhood supper club on the edge of Center City at 2201 South Street, 215.732.7878 is well into its third year of offering top flight jazz vocalists every Thursday with its drinks and meals. There is no entry charge and shows go from 7 p.m to 11 p.m. Next Thursday features “Miss Justine,” something of a jazz legend who has won fans all over the area with her touching and sometimes torchy jazz renderings. She can cover the pop classic song book with the smoky voice that brings back memories of lost loves. The following Thursday has Mary Ellen Desmond, a classically trained singer who can go from singing “Cow, Cow Boogie” to Mozart melodies in the blink of an eyelash when needed. Her treatment of “Black Coffee” and other standards has been enchanting audiences for years.
The Cleff Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Broad and Fitzwater Streets, Sunday, Jan. 19, will feature The Legends of Jazz 2.5.763.2819 for a $20 advance admission and $25 at the door. This all- star 16 member band under the direction of Leon Mitchell showcases the vibrant vocals of Ella Ghant . Band members, including such stars as Sam Dockery on piano and “Butch” Ballard on bass, have played jazz almost from its inception.