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Take Five with Julian Hartwell

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About Julian Hartwell
Julian Hartwell is a sought-after pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator based in jny: Philadelphia, PA. He is inspired by many styles of music which all contribute to his distinctive sound, both solo and in a group setting. For the past 12 years he has performed throughout a wide swath of the ...

John Swana: Bright Moments

Read "Bright Moments" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Simply put, this album is so listenable and stood out so noticeably among the many CDs I've been spinning for myself recently, that I thought All About Jazz readers ought to know about it. I first heard then trumpeter John Swana a decade or more ago when he jammed at pianist Tom Lawton's memorable long-term gig ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

David Bennett Thomas: Deeper Journey

Read "Deeper Journey" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist David Bennett Thomas takes inspiration from God's word. Not unlike Finish pianist/harpist Iro Haarla, on her beautiful duet set Kirkastus (TUM Records, 2015), with saxophonist Juhani Aaltonen, where Biblical Psalms informed the music, Thomas' Deeper Journey goes to the Bible for inspiration on half the tunes on this meticulously crafted, subtle--yet modern and adventurous--set of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

NEWS: EVENT

2nd Annual Jazz Bridge Jazz Cruise Set For Saturday, June 11th from 1:30 to 4:30pm

2nd Annual Jazz Bridge Jazz Cruise Set For Saturday, June 11th from 1:30 to 4:30pm

Ahoy Mates! Get yer swagger on an' try out some o' yer pirate ramble. Better yet, please join Jazz Bridge as we set sail on the Elite Yacht for our 2nd Annual Jazz Bridge Jazz Cruise. Join us on Saturday, June 11 from 1:30 to 4:30 PM where you will enjoy “world class jazz” provided by ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Oliver Lake and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound at the Painted Bride

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound
Special Guest Oliver Lake
The Painted Bride
Philadelphia, PA
November 4, 2015

This was the second of three events in which Philadelphia's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound brought on musically diverse special guest artists to perform with them, following a ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Tom Lawton: Jazz and the Modern Art of Man Ray

Read "Tom Lawton: Jazz and the Modern Art of Man Ray" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

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

The Larry McKenna and John Swana Organ Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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The Larry McKenna and John Swana Organ Quartet
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA


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