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A Stable of Percussionists at the Barnes Foundation

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Tony Miceli, A-list vibes player and creator of the online Vibes Workshop, is a generous man. He shared his recent First Friday gig at the Barnes Foundation on Ben Franklin Parkway in jny: Philadelphia with a round-up of the Malletech company's stable of mallet masters. After brainstorming with Leigh Howard Stevens, owner of Malletech, the two came up with an array of percussionists across genres--chamber music to jazz--to share with foundation members and guests. They included jazz vibes ...

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The Third Annual World Vibes Congress Creates Waves in Asbury Park

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Another epic gathering of vibraphone players was uncorked and, like Champagne on New Year's Eve, this bubbly was not staying in the bottle. Part of the Third World Vibes Congress, the jam exploded at the packed Langosta Lounge and Restaurant on Asbury Park's boardwalk early in January. Pairs of vibes players, many of whom had never played together or even met, formed quartets with stalwarts, bassist Loren Cohen and drummer Alvester Garnett. They rolled in like waves. First ...

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Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter

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Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the jny: Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New York and the West Coast, and the list of places is growing every day. Miceli deserves the newfound renown. He is widely regarded by the cognoscenti, including vibraphonists ...

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Diane Monroe/Tony Miceli: Alone Together

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Violinist Diane Monroe and vibraphonist Tony Miceli have been working together in various contexts for about three decades, but that doesn't mean they had instant comfort with the idea of working as a duo. When they first visited the idea in 2009, both Monroe and Miceli were a bit apprehensive. Regardless, they decided to move past their fears and move forward with the partnership. They spent time honing their sound together, finally presenting that sound to the public via live ...

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May 2012: Tony Miceli / Craig Ebner Quartet

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Tony Miceli/Craig Ebner QuartetChris' Jazz CaféPhiladelphia, PAMay 25, 2012Philadelphia-based vibraphonist Tony Miceli and guitarist Craig Ebner led their quartet through two sets dedicated to the music of the Red Norvo Trio.Norvo's renowned trio included guitarist Tal Farlow and bassist Charles Mingus--both relative unknowns during their time in the vibraphonist's group from 1949 to 1953, but eventually becoming immensely influential figures on their own instruments. With a repertoire comprised mainly of ...

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Dave Cullen and Tony Miceli, Reading Public Museum, Berks Jazz Fest

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Dave Cullen and Tony MiceliReading Public Museum 22nd Annual Boscov's Berks Jazz FestReading, PAMarch 25, 2012Guitarist Dave Cullen and vibraphonist Tony Miceli played the final Reading Public Museum Bagels & Brunch concert of the season. Held in conjunction with the 22nd annual Boscov's Berks Jazz Fest, the museum atrium provided interesting acoustics in an intimate setting.Berks county native Cullen, and Philadelphia-based Miceli have frequented local jazz venues in various combos, but this was ...

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Monkadelphia: All Monk, All the Time

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Over the past several years, there has been a revival and reconsideration of the music of Thelonious Monk. No one embodies this trend better than Monkadelphia, a group of Philadelphia-based jazz musicians who play his music exclusively--a difficult challenge which they embrace with vitality, panache, and sophistication. With Chris Farr on saxophone, Tony Miceli on vibes, Tom Lawton on piano, Micah Jones on bass, and Jim Miller on drums, this group makes the Monk legacy come alive, sustaining rapt attention ...

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Tony Miceli: A Jazz Brunch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Tony Miceli Jazz Brunch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania July 20, 2008

Brunch at a good restaurant can be a pleasant way to enjoy a Sunday morning and early afternoon. Music brunches are common around Philadelphia, Bucks County, and New York City, some of which have jazz, most often performed by a pianist in the background. But after this “first-time" experience, Jazz Brunch at (of all places) The Philadelphia Museum ...


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