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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Kurt Rosenwinkel at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet featuring Peter Bernstein
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
December 30, 2017

As the New Year approached in frigid weather, venturing out in the cold to Chris' Jazz Café to hear two of the finest jazz guitarists close up proved to be a great way to warm up ...

ARTICLE: PROFILES

Voices of the People: Philadelphia Jazz Project to Celebrate America’s Cherished Values

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The famed Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) has a tradition of organizing and presenting concerts in fresh, imaginative, and creative ways. It is a stimulus program whose mission is to generate interest in and responsiveness to the music and to locally-based musicians. The upcoming series, “Voices of the People," four concerts featuring Philadelphia vocalists, is designed for ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tenor Saxophonist Michael Pedicin To Release "As It Should Be: Ballads 2," April 21

Tenor Saxophonist Michael Pedicin To Release "As It Should Be: Ballads 2," April 21

With the April 21 release of As It Should Be: Ballads 2, tenor and soprano saxophonist Michael Pedicin continues to spread the message of acceptance and justice he eloquently shared on his critically acclaimed 2011 album Ballads … searching for peace. “I’m one of those diehard '60s kids that grew up concerned about peace and togetherness,” ...

Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio at Germantown Settlement School

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Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio
Settlement Music School
jny: Philadelphia, PA
December 23, 2016

He's come a long way since first starting lessons at Philadelphia's Settlement Music School, but city native Kurt Rosenwinkel has never forgotten those roots. On a night when they could have been squeezing in a little ...

ARTICLE: NEW YORK BEAT

Joey DeFrancesco at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

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As the New York August heat blazed onto the streets on Saturday night (August 13th), Joey DeFrancesco and his trio rocketed into Dizzy's with their own burning repertoire. The B-3 wizard played four selections from his new HighNote CD Trip Mode and had an audience which included Bill Charlap, Paquito D'Rivera, and Todd Barkan roaring with ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Pianist James Collins With Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis & More - April 10 In Philadelphia - One Night Only - Free!

Pianist James Collins With Steve Wilson, Victor Lewis & More - April 10 In Philadelphia - One Night Only - Free!

Rising Star Pianist James Collins
April 10, 3pm. FREE! Featuring:
Steve Wilson
Victor Lewis
David Wong
Noah Hocker First Presbyterian Church
35 West Chelten Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 1914
(215) 843-8811 About James Collins James Collins is a young up-and-coming jazz pianist and composer ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Peter Paulsen Trio: A Few Thoughts

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Bassist and composer Peter Paulsen is not reticent in his willingness to quote the bible. He specifically cites Matthew 13: 31-32 in stating an approach to creating music rooted in observation and execution through improvisation, communication and impulsiveness. He references a line regarding the mustard seed, saying it is..."the least of all the seeds; but when ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

M'Balia: Halfway There

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Halfway There is the debut recording of one Philadelphia- native M'Balia Singley, a talented singer matriculating from Yale with a degree in history and Temple with one in law. That is an embarrassment of riches. But can counselor Singley translate all of this brain power into music? Her life arc had her practicing law and raising ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland 2015

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2015 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Playhouse Square
Cleveland, Ohio
July 9-11, 2015

For the second time in its 36-year history, Tri-C JazzFest lit up downtown Cleveland with a three-day midsummer jazz festival that mixed paid shows from national headliners with free outdoor performances featuring musicians from Northeast Ohio. Home to all these ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Larry McKenna and Bootsie Barnes Quintet: Inaugural Jazz Bridge River Cruise

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Larry McKenna-Bootsie Barnes Quintet
The Jazz Bridge River Cruise
Philadelphia, PA
June 13, 2015

The Jazz Bridge, a jny: Philadelphia area organization whose meritorious mission is to assist local jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors numerous concerts, but this was their first cruise event, and ...