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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: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Tim Motzer: Late-Night Soundscapes

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Natural evolution is always gradual yet relentless. jny: Philadelphia sound-sculptor Tim Motzer demonstrates the fact with two more extended improvisations to follow on from the electro-ambient Unseen Universe (1k, 2017). All three are solo recordings made in similar circumstances (played live for wee-hours radio broadcasts roughly a year apart), yet of course no two nights or ...

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 ...

Aaron Goldberg Trio at @exuberance

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Aaron Goldberg Trio
@exuberance
jny: Philadelphia, PA
November 23, 2018

It was a rollicking evening set full of jaunty rhythms and good humor. Aaron Goldberg clearly relished the rich sound of the Steinway and the feel of the room. A packed crowd had come out to unwind at ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mangia e Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

Mangia e Jazz at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia

November is a celebration of Italian American jazz artists at Chris’ Jazz Café and their favorite dishes that reflect their heritage. “All month long we’re showcasing musicians with Italian roots,” said Chef/Owner Mark DeNinno. “We thought it would be fun to tie in their favorite dishes, so guests can actually eat what the artists enjoy.” The ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Joanna Pascale at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Joanna Pascale
Chris' Jazz Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
November 10, 2018

The content of this show came as a complete surprise to this reviewer. I expected vocalist Joanna Pascale, who is by now a Philadelphia legend, to sing a typical set of standards from the Great American Songbook. Instead, she blew everyone ...

NEWS: ADVOCACY

Philadelphia Jazz Project Presents... The Remedy Project: The Arts Of Healing

Philadelphia Jazz Project Presents... The Remedy Project: The Arts Of Healing

The Philadelphia Jazz Project is a special initiative started by the Wyncote Foundation and fiscally hosted by Culture Trust / Greater Philadelphia. Its role is to grow the audience for Jazz in Philadelphia and to expand the possibilities for our artists on the local, regional and global scene.
 One aspect of the work we do is to ...

NEWS: EVENT

Inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit Announced

Inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit Announced

During the inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit on Nov. 2 and 3, 2018, regional and national jazz luminaries will gather in Center City Philadelphia to honor the city’s deep jazz roots and discuss its future. Musicians, jazz enthusiasts, advocates, funders, and the arts and culture community are gathering at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio at October Revolution Festival

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Dave Burrell Full-Blown Trio
October Revolution Festival
Christ Church Neighborhood House (Great Hall)
Philadelphia, PA
October 6, 2018

It isn't often one attends a jazz piano trio concert where the group plays a single totally improvised composition for about an hour. It would seem as daunting ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda at Fringearts

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The Sai Anantam Ashram Singers with Rudresh Mahanthappa
The Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda
October Revolution Festival
Fringearts
Philadelphia, PA
October 7, 2018

Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda (1937 -2007) was the second wife of John Coltrane. Raising a family with him, she was also a ...