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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

Read "Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

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: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michelle Lordi: Drive

Read "Drive" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

It's difficult to conceive how this wonderful album of restrained and subtly rendered ballads came to be called Drive, a term which leads the listener to expect a package of revved up swing or rock. However, you don't have to be a cryptologist to realize that it comes from the last track, “Drive," which contains the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan

Read "Working the Rhythm Section: Tom Lawton, Lee Smith, and Dan Monaghan" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

As Duke Ellington's standard goes, “It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing." The rhythm section (piano, bass, drums, with guitar and percussion sometimes added) is the core of the typical jazz ensemble. They set the frame for the leader, singer, and soloists and contribute their own solos as well. Even though they ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter

Read "Tony Miceli: Vibes Matter" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

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 ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Bassist Madison Rast In Cheltenham PA, Wed. December 4th

Bassist Madison Rast In Cheltenham PA, Wed. December 4th

The Jazz Bridge first Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham PA, presents bassist Madison Rast on Wednesday, December 4th. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit Jazz Bridge. In a region populated by ...

ARTICLE: LIVE FROM PHILADELPHIA

August 2012: Brian Betz Quartet, Featuring Denis DiBlasio

Read "August 2012:  Brian Betz Quartet, Featuring Denis DiBlasio" reviewed by RJ Johnson

Brian Betz Quartet

Chris' Jazz Café

Philadelphia, PA

August 31, 2012

Guitarist Brian Betz led his quartet through a set of standards at Chris' Jazz Café in Philadelphia. In a set comprised entirely of standards, the band used its divergent musical personalities to uncover new ground within a familiar framework.

The ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Venissa Santi at Cheltenham Center for the Arts on February 1st

Venissa Santi at Cheltenham Center for the Arts on February 1st

Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Rd, Cheltenham, PA on February 1st 2012 will be singer Venissa Santi and her band, featuring pianist John Stenger, Bassist Madison Rast, and percussionist Francois Zayas. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337. This Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series ...