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ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

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Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

The University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Monterey, Here We Come!

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UArts “Z" Big Band
Reception and Kickoff Concert
Kaplan Auditorium
University of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA
September 7, 2017

They were underdogs, but they gave it their best shot. Then they shocked themselves and everyone else by tying for first place with the UNLV ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Norman David: The Eleventet - Please Call

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Clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Norman David founded and has been leading Philadelphia's Eleventet for over three decades. After thirty years playing in in and around the city, the band found their recording groove with their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011). Now, in this new release, they deliver swinging and ear-popping sounds while at ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tom Lawton: Jazz and the Modern Art of Man Ray

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In his book, Jazz Modernism: From Ellington And Armstrong To Matissse And Joyce (Yale University Press 2004), author Alfred Appel depicts the numerous but easily overlooked parallels between jazz music and modern art and literature. Many jazz musicians are art aficionados, and many of the twentieth century's great artists loved jazz and often kept record collections. ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia: “Comin’ Home” Concert at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Verizon Hall
Philadelphia, PA
January 7, 2014

Fresh out of the starting gate, the highly touted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), Terell Stafford, Artistic Director, held its first gala concert at a major venue, the Kimmel ...

NEWS: EVENT

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia "Comin' Home" Event at Kimmel Center set for January 7th!

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia "Comin' Home" Event at Kimmel Center set for January 7th!

Terell Stafford, Artistic Director With Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Bill Cosby and more Verizon Hall Tuesday, January 7, 7:30pm The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) is rousing in the new year with its Grand Gala Fund Raising Concert. JOP is dedicated to honoring, presenting and continuing Philadelphia's unparalleled jazz legacy through performance and education. Under the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

The Newly Minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

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The newly minted Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is an exciting, ambitious project co-founded by renowned trumpeter and Temple University educator Terell Stafford and intrepid jazz supporter Deena Adler, Odean Pope's manager. The Orchestra has already made waves in the Philly jazz community through its two performances in the Courtyard of City Hall, symbolizing its close connection ...

NEWS: EVENT

Impromptu Jazz Composition at the Neighborhood House on September 27th

Friday, September 27th; 7:45pm The American Composers Forum, jny: Philadelphia Chapter (ACF Philadelphia) will present a site-specific musical challenge to three prominent Philadelphia jazz composer/performers in front of a live audience: to produce artistic explorations of various aspects of the Neighborhood House and Christ Church. The musical and inspirational elements for these works will be suggested on ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Dave Brubeck: Small Groups, Large Stature

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Dave Brubeck wasn't really a big-band kinda guy; in fact, he was seldom seen in groups larger than four or five. On the other hand, he was an extraordinary musician, one whose influence will no doubt be felt for generations to come. Brubeck, who remained active almost to the end of his life, died December 5 ...

June 2012: Gunshow

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Gunshow

Chris' Jazz Café

Philadelphia, PA

June 20, 2012

Gunshow, a band which has been performing somewhat regularly in the Philadelphia area for a few years, with a repertoire comprised largely of original compositions, performed two sets at Chris' Jazz Café in Center City, Philadelphia.

The band's draw in the Philadelphia ...