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Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2019 at the Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany

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Mary Ellen Desmond Comfort and Joy Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 10, 2019 In the course of my years as a jazz reviewer in Philadelphia, it has always been a pleasure to hear Mary Ellen Desmond sing, and for the ...

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Tony Miceli: Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Tony Miceli and Company Vibraphone All-Star Jam Session / Steve Weiss Mallet Festival Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA August 3, 2019 It's hard to imagine how five (if you include a special guest, six) vibraphone players can come together to provide an hour or so of ...

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David Bond at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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David Bond Quartet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA June 26, 2019 Alto saxophonist David Bond is new to jny: Philadelphia and probably unfamiliar to jazz fans here. I went to hear him because I am always interested in hearing someone new, and two of the personnel listed were ...

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The Philly Pops Big Band with Terell Stafford and Guests at the Kimmel Center

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The Philly Pops Big Band featuring Terell Stafford The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA January 19, 2019 The Philly Pops wide-berthed orchestra includes some of the finest working jazz musicians in the city. The Pops' lead trumpet chair, Matt Gallagher, periodically assembles them as the “Philly ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...


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