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Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History

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This article was first published at the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia website.

Jazz began to emerge as a distinct musical style around the turn of the twentieth century, a merging of two vernacular African American musical styles--ragtime and blues--with elements of popular music. New Orleans, the “cradle of jazz," was the most important city in ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

John T. "Bunky" deVecchis, 78, photographed jazz musicians

John T. "Bunky" deVecchis, 78, photographed jazz musicians

Bunky deVecchis would go into a dimly lit nightclub with a camera without a flash and capture jazz musicians in full cry in whatever light was available. He didn't like flash photography, and his subjects were appreciative. Nothing like working to nurse notes out of your instrument with a flash going off in your face. Ambient light worked ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart

Read "Paul Jost: The First Thing is Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Even for a musician who has been playing and singing since age six, Paul Jost has just come through one exceptional year.

First, he released his debut with The Jost Project, Can't Find My Way Home (2013, Dot.Time Records), featuring the leader on vocals, harmonica and guitar, with drummer Charlie Patierno, double bassist Kevin ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

The Corinne Mammana Quartet Featuring Guitarist Frank Dibussolo

The Corinne Mammana Quartet featuring guitarist Frank DiBussolo will appear at Chris' Jazz Cafe on Tuesday, December 16. Shows run from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and tickets are $10. Chris’ is located on 1421 Sansom Street in jny: Philadelphia. For reservations or more information, call 215-568-3131. Jazz singer Corinne Mammana has an extensive background in theater with ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection To Host OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival

The City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection To Host OutBeat: America's First Queer Jazz Festival Featuring Performances by Andy Bey, Bill Stewart, Fred Hersch and Patricia Barber, Among Others Thursday, September 18 - Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Various Venues Throughout Philadelphia The William Way LGBT Community Center, with generous support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, ...

Jazz Appreciation Month 2014 in Philadelphia: A Recap

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This April was a month of truly spectacular music on all fronts in jny: Philadelphia. I know I missed a whole lot (see Philadelphia Jazz Project and Ars Nova Workshop) but here's my take.

I kicked off the month with my trio Mischa Machez at our monthly First Friday Happy Hour at the Dog ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

James Carter At Chris' Jazz Cafe On November 8 & 9, 2013

James Carter At Chris' Jazz Cafe On November 8 & 9, 2013

Chris' Jazz Cafe presents saxophonist James Carter, on November 8 & 9, 2013. Showtime are 8:00 and 10:00 p.m., tickets are $30/$25. James Carter is a powerhouse musician and one of the most admired saxophonists of his generation, garnering plaudits for his role in helping to propel jazz full tilt into the future over the past twenty- five years. His music is ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Dave Douglas Quintet And Special Guest, Aoife O' Donovan At Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Dave Douglas Quintet  And Special Guest, Aoife O' Donovan At Chris’ Jazz Cafe

Chris' Jazz Café presents trumpeter Dave Douglas and his Quintet with special guest, vocalist, Aoife O'Donovan, on Friday and Saturday November 16 & 17, 2012. Douglas is touring in support of his recent CD Be Still, which features Aoife O’Donovan, vocals, Jon Irabagon, saxophone, Matt Mitchell, piano, Linda Oh, bass, & Clarence Penn, drums. For his first visit to Chris' Jazz Cafe, Douglas will have ...

June 2012: Gunshow

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Gunshow

Chris' Jazz Café

Philadelphia, PA

June 20, 2012

Gunshow, a band which has been performing somewhat regularly in the Philadelphia area for a few years, with a repertoire comprised largely of original compositions, performed two sets at Chris' Jazz Café in Center City, Philadelphia.

The band's draw in the Philadelphia ...

Pete Smyser CD Release Performance, Chris’ Jazz Café, June 2, 1012

Pete Smyser  CD Release Performance, Chris’ Jazz Café,  June 2, 1012

Guitarist, Pete Smyser celebrates his new CD release, the Jerome Kern Concert Live with a CD release party on Saturday June 2, 2012, and performances at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM, at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom St Phila PA 19102. Smyser has released 7 CDs as a leader. Pete has appeared on television and radio shows in addition to countless performances at ...