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Odean Pope "Harp" Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Odean Pope Quartet: Harp, Violin, and Two Saxophones
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
April 27, 2019

Time honored saxophonist Odean Pope has always been creative with fresh musical ideas. Who knew that this time he would field an unusual ensemble of harp, violin, and two saxophones without ...

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Andrea Clearfield Salon: 32 Year Anniversary Celebration

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Jimmy Bruno and other Jazz Artists
Andrea Clearfield Salon
32 Year Anniversary Celebration
Philadelphia, PA
September 30, 2018

For thirty-two years, Andrea Clearfield's Salon has been a unique monthly musical event held at her Center City Philadelphia home with a large two-story high living room and ...

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Bobby Zankel: Celebrating William Parker at 65

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To mark bassist William Parker's 65th birthday, Philly-based reedman Bobby Zankel convened an all star sextet which included the honoree for a presentation of free jazz collectivism at the city's Painted Bride Arts Center in January 2017. Although not regular collaborators, they go back a long way. The pair first hooked up back in the loft ...

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Bobby Zankel: Celebrating William Parker at 65

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This recording is of a live concert at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia on January 21, 2017 to honor bassist William Parker on his 65th birthday and in which he served as bassist. Saxophonist Bobby Zankel composed, arranged, and led a four part Suite with Parker's influence in mind and which allowed ample room ...

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Monette Sudler Sextet: The Philadelphia Realbook Project

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Monnette Sudler Sextet
Terra Hall, University of the Arts
Jazz Bridge: The Philadelphia Real Book Project
Philadelphia, PA
April 28, 2017

Monnette Sudler is a lauded Philadelphia-based guitarist with all the technique and finesse you could ask for, but she also has a way of moving around the strings ...

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William Parker: 65th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Painted Bride

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William Parker and Friends
Painted Bride Arts Center
William Parker 65th Birthday Celebration
Philadelphia, PA
January 21, 2017

To celebrate the 65th birthday of legendary bassist William Parker, the Painted Bride Arts Center, Ars Nova Workshop, and Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound joined forces to sponsor a ...

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Rene McLean at the Painted Bride

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Warriors of the Wonderful Sound
Special Guest Artist Rene McLean
Painted Bride Art Center
Philadelphia, PA
November 10, 2016

Philadelphia's own Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound keep reeling off exciting concerts in their ongoing series at the Painted Bride. This one featured saxophonist Rene McLean ...

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Bobby Zankel and Friends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Bobby Zankel and Friends
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Art After 5
Philadelphia, PA
June 24, 2016

Art After 5 is a long standing concert series held in the Great Hall of the Philadelphia Art Museum featuring local and international jazz and other musicians, often with the intention of breaking ...

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Wynton Marsalis Honored at Marian Anderson 2015 Awards Concert

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Wynton Marsalis
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Marian Anderson Award Concert
Philadelphia, PA
November 10, 2015

On this celebratory occasion, Wynton Marsalis became the second bona fide jazz musician (the other being Quincy Jones) to win the prestigious Marian Anderson Award given to “a show business individual who ...

Philadelphia's Cutting Edge Big Band: Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound

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Anyone familiar with the music business can tell you that it's hard enough to get a big band together for an occasional gig, let alone sustain it over an extended period of time. The time and effort involved in composing and arranging new charts, covering the cost of twelve or more musicians, and meshing their complicated ...