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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Matt Davis: Big Family, Big Picture

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If there's a defining trait to be found in the value system guiding guitarist Matt Davis and his music, it's most definitely a healthy respect and admiration for kith and kin. A love of community and belonging drives nearly every aspect of this artist's life, including his flagship ensemble, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, and it speaks ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Odean Pope Quartet at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Odean Pope Quartet
“Friday Nights" Music Series
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA
January 11, 2019

The great tenor saxophonist Odean Pope came up in Philadelphia and still calls it home. He obtained his sea legs together with pianist Ray Bryant, John Coltrane and other young ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

All About Jazz is celebrating Odean Pope's birthday today!

Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Odean Pope Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Odean Pope Quartet
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadephia, PA
August 4, 2018

Saxophonist Odean Pope is a living legend who has been blowing strong for sixty years, early on including John Coltrane among his Philadelphia cohorts and serving Max Roach as a charter member of the latter's groups. ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Julian Pressley: From The Duke To Ornette In His Own Way

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Julian Pressley isn't exactly a household name, but it's a name every jazz aficionado should know. When he plays his alto saxophone, ears perk up because he's playing what they came to hear: music that embodies the legacy. Passionate, quick-witted, and full of new ideas, Pressley stands out in the crowd, a genuine original. Yet you ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

2017: The Year in Jazz

Read "2017: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

A year of achievements, challenges to gender inequality, scandal and losses

The year 2017 was quite something for the jazz world. Incidents or discussions of misogyny and sexual misconduct bubbled up even before the #MeToo phenomenon developed. Beyond that, woman musicians made significant contributions to the genre. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage ...

NEWS: BIRTHDAY

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

Jazz Musician of the Day: Odean Pope

All About Jazz is celebrating Odean Pope's birthday today!

Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel and Odean Pope: Homage to John Coltrane 2017

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Bobby Zankel Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Featuring Odean Pope
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
50th Anniversary Homage to John Coltrane
Philadelphia, PA
July 21, 2017

Fifty years ago, almost to the date, John Coltrane passed away at mid-career. In an all too brief ten plus year ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017

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Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival 2017
Pittsburgh, PA
June 16-18, 2017

The complicated logistics and sizable costs associated with free jazz festivals have made them somewhat rarified these days. By its all-encompassing scope and scale, the Detroit Jazz Festival has served as a model for many decades now. But if you want something ...