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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 ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy at St. Luke's Church

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Mary Ellen Desmond
Comfort and Joy
Church of St.Luke and the Epiphany
Philadelphia, PA
December 16, 2018

Mary Ellen Desmond is one of the most treasured Philadelphia-based vocalists, and for the last fifteen years she has provided the inspiration for and fronted the same top of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel's Warriors Play Muhal Richard Abrams at October Revolution

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors Of The Wonderful Sound
Marty Ehrlich, Conductor
The Music Of Muhal Richard Abrams: Soundpath
October Revolution Festival
Christ Church Neighborhood House (Great Hall)
Philadelphia, PA
October 7, 2018

The late great pianist Muhal Richard Abrams was for many ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...

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

Abby Lee: Born to Sing

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The early development of jazz singers tells us a lot about them. Often, they struggle until they are finally recognized. Jimmy Scott was unknown for many years. Billie Holiday took whatever jobs she could get until she made her first recordings. Ella Fitzgerald's childhood was uprooted and traumatic, and music helped her find her way to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Bobby Zankel,The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Guest Saxophonist David Murray at the Painted Bride

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Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound
Special Guest: David Murray
Painted Bride Art Center
Philadelphia, PA
January 20, 2018

The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Zankel, continue to deliver outstanding concerts featuring special guest musicians who are virtuosos on the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2017

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Mary Ellen Desmond
Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany
Comfort and Joy
Philadelphia, PA
December 10, 2017

It's always a pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for the past fourteen years, her special musical offering has been the seasonal Comfort and Joy holiday concert which she ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Louis Hayes: Serenade for Horace

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This gem of a tribute album is, in the words of the poet Wordsworth, a “recollection in tranquility" conceived and led by drummer Louis Hayes in memory of his beloved lifelong friend, pianist Horace Silver. In 1956, Silver invited Hayes to New York City from his native Detroit to join the Horace Silver Quintet, which produced ...

ARTICLE: JAZZ GOES TO COLLEGE

University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Jumpin’ at the Monterey Jazz Festival

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Umiversity of the Arts “Z" Big Band
Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey, CA
September 17, 2017

[This article is a follow-up to the review of the “Z" Band Reception and Kickoff Concert in Philadelphia on September 7. If you want to know a little more about the band, ...