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Improvising Where No Man Has Gone Before: Encountering William Shatner, Star Trek, And “The Wrath Of Khan”

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I am a Trekkie. No apologies for that. There are millions of us floating around in the universe. So when I saw that Captain James Tiberius Kirk, aka William Shatner, was going to appear in person and give a talk after a showing of the classic film, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, I decided ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

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[For almost fifteen years, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge has been providing funds and services to professional jazz and blues musicians in need. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jazz Bridge will hold its annual fundraiser at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. There will be food, drink, fun, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The honorary ...

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin at World Cafe Live

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Nik Bärtsch's Ronin
World Cafe Live
jny: Philadelphia, PA
May 8, 2018

Of the oddest sights Philadelphia's art scene might offer on any given Tuesday night, a stern-faced figure in samurai hatama whacking a piano with a mallet should probably be in the top five. (Unless there's something like the Fringe ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Steven Wilson at the Keswick Theater

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Steven Wilson
The Keswick Theater
Glenside, PA
April 25, 2018

If rockers are usually supposed to slow down and lose their edge as they get older, Steven Wilson obviously missed the memo. He's a little way behind the departing or retiring rock royalty of the '70s (not that they've all become ...

Vince Tampio: Sound Plan

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Just about every musician has those moments when they get stuck in overly familiar territory or unsure where to turn next. When in doubt, it helps to consider: WWMDD (What Would Miles Davis Do)? If following the Chief's example (understandably) isn't a universal rule in real life, it's still a mostly good one in the musical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea at the Kimmel Center

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Chick Corea
The Music of Thelonious Monk
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA
April 8, 2018

In the words of Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk's definitive biographer, Monk was “An ...

Melba and Her Horn - Accomplishments of the Great Melba Liston

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Born in 1926 in Kansas City, Missouri, Melba Liston had an early interest in music. She saw a trombone when she was young and was taken by its beauty. Her family encouraged her interest in music and in learning to play the trombone. When her family moved to Los Angeles, she began to study music formally. ...

Sistahs Attune

Sistahs Attune is a project under the umbrella of The Women’s Coalition for Empowerment, Inc., that incorporates a sisterhood of freelance vocalists connected to Afro-Centric Jazz & Soulful music, striving toward professional & personal growth, musical excellence, and success as individual performers, and as a collective. The objective is merging the gap between art and commerce while increasing culturally relevant outlets for Afro-centric music and expression. The project includes both live musical performances, workshops and art-related initiatives to increase women’s economic empowerment

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Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy is a Philadelphia based guitarist, composer, and music educator. Over the last 20 years, Mike's performance schedule has covered much of the East Coast and parts of California,Texas, Florida and Ohio.He has performed with commercially known international pop artists, such as Lou Rawls, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, Peter Nero and The Philly Pops and The Midtown Men as well as a long list of Philadelphia artists. Mike’s current project, Landfall, has been described as a three-way between Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini and Danny Gatton. Landfall is an anthology of instrumental songs inspired by the power, beauty and vastness of the American western and southwestern landscape

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Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 4 at Da Vinci Art Alliance

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Bobby Zankel's Wonderful Sound 4 Featuring Sumi Tonooka
(Additional Performances by Vocalist Bonnie Lander and Sirius JuJu Quintet)
Fire Museum Presents @ DVAA
Da Vinci Art Alliance
Philadelphia, PA
March 24. 2018

This show afforded a rare opportunity in an intimate setting to ...