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ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco at the Kimmel Center

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The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia with Joey DeFrancesco
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
June 1, 2019

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP), under the leadership of trumpeter Terell Stafford, has produced a series of action-packed concerts at the Kimmel Center, featuring special guest artists, all ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Joey DeFrancesco: From Musical Prodigy to Jazz Icon

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Joey DeFrancesco is a true master of the jazz organ, the one others look up to as the standard bearer, as was his inspirational hero, Jimmy Smith. Arguably, he could be dubbed the Mozart of the jazz organ, since like Mozart, he seemed to have been born with all the music already in him. By four, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alex Delcourt: To My Brothers

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This album by bassist Alex Delcourt is a treasure of a recording, a contemporary mirror of the hard bop movement of the past. It's as if that music awakened from its sleep years later and is as fresh today as it was then. Except for seasoned valve trombonist and trumpeter John Swana, the personnel consists of ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Odean Pope "Harp" Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Odean Pope Quartet: Harp, Violin, and Two Saxophones
Chris' Jazz Café
Philadelphia, PA
April 27, 2019

Time honored saxophonist Odean Pope has always been creative with fresh musical ideas. Who knew that this time he would field an unusual ensemble of harp, violin, and two saxophones without ...

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Buddy Bolden: Out of History's Shadows

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Bolden
Directed by Daniel Pritzker
Abramorama; King Bolden LLC
Release Date: May 3, 2019

Buddy Bolden was a legendary African American jny: New Orleans cornet player at the turn of the twentieth century. His career was cut short by a psychiatric condition initially diagnosed as alcoholic psychosis but ...

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Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble "Bebop" Concert at Woodmere Art Museum

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Bebop: The Music of Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie
Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Woodmere Art Museum
Philadelphia, PA
April 5, 2019

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble occupies an almost legendary status in the Philadelphia jazz scene, and their ongoing jazz series at the Woodmere Art Museum in the outer ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Salvant, Skonberg, Aldana And More At Kimmel Center

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Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bria Skonberg, Melissa Aldana, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura and Jamison Ross
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Monterey Jazz Festival On Tour
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 23, 2019

While some jazz festivals sponsor tours that highlight their more seasoned icons, Monterey was different in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops at the Kimmel Center

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Byron Stripling and the Philly Pops
“Uptown Nights"
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts
Philadelphia, PA
March 1, 2019

The Philly Pops' “Uptown Nights," as the title implies, revealed itself to be a festive show that featured the music of the 1920s through the 1940s when ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Dave Liebman: On the Corner Live!

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When the Miles Davis album On the Corner (Columbia, 1972) was released, Davis had already begun to engage in electronic instrumentation and jazz fusion with soon to be revered recordings: In A Silent Way (Columbia, 1969), Bitch's Brew (Columbia, 1970) and Jack Johnson (Columbia, 1971). On the Corner, however, was so experimental and funky that it ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

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 ...