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"From the opening son-of-Max Roach drum essay you know this is a drummer's date. McIver, who is a well-rounded percussionist, follows that opener with the aptly-titled 'Run,' which is full of requisite fire and drive like a victorious 400 meter dash...This is a combustible, drum-proud date. McIver crisply addresses his kit and augments with marimba, tympani, and overdubbed electronics in a tasteful way; his music has an orchestrated quality and this is overall a very spirited release. Craig McIver certainly knows his way around the traps." - The Independent Ear "Drummer Craig McIver has been making waves as the drummer of choice for a number of Philadelphia's finest including Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Khan Jamal and others...This is definitely a drummer's date

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Second Live Broadcast A Success: All About Jazz Livestream Support Continues

Second Live Broadcast A Success: All About Jazz Livestream Support Continues

Building on the technology that made it possible to broadcast the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Concert at the Kennedy Center last April, All About Jazz presented its second live broadcast on Saturday, March 21 at the Candlelight Lounge in Trenton, NJ. Unlike the NEA event which was presented sitewide, the Candlelight livestream was ...

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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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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. ...

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Bobby Zankel,The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, and Guest Saxophonist David Murray at the Painted Bride

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Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Special Guest: David Murray Painted Bride Art Center Philadelphia, PA January 20, 2018 The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, under the leadership of saxophonist Bobby Zankel, continue to deliver outstanding concerts featuring special guest musicians who are virtuosos on the ...

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Bobby Zankel and Friends at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Bobby Zankel and Friends Philadelphia Museum of Art Art After 5 Philadelphia, PA June 24, 2016 Art After 5 is a long standing concert series held in the Great Hall of the Philadelphia Art Museum featuring local and international jazz and other musicians, often with the intention of breaking ...

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors with Don Byron at the Painted Bride

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Painted Bride Art Center Philadelphia, PA May 5, 2015 This concert by Bobby Zankel and the Warriors with guest artist Don Byron (who replaced saxophonist Oliver Lake due to the latter's family emergency) was also a celebration of jazz as a rich contributor ...

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Bobby Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Rudresh Mahanthappa at Philadelphia Clef Club 2015

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Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound with Rudresh Mahanthappa Jazz Appreciation Month Ars Nova Workshop Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz Philadelphia, PA April 7, 2015 Bobby Zankel's Warriors of the Wonderful Sound have been delivering exciting shows featuring Zankel's and others' innovative compositions and arrangements for over fifteen ...

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When Haiku Inspires Music: Bobby Zankel Ensemble Performs Original Composition Celebrating Peace

When Haiku Inspires Music: Bobby Zankel Ensemble Performs Original Composition Celebrating Peace

Cecil Taylor and John Coltrane inspired saxophonist and composer Bobby Zankel is usually heard with his Warriors of the Wonderful Sound big band performing large-scale compositions such as his recent re-setting of Coltrane’s A Love Supreme. Here, on the occasion of a celebration of mural art, which has turned numerous outside walls of jny: Philadelphia buildings ...

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Celebrating Sun Ra at the Painted Bride Art Center

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The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound and the Sun Ra Centennial Arkestra The Painted Bride Art Center “Still the New Thing" Philadelphia, PA April 19, 2014 This concert concluded a tripartite series curated by saxophonist, band leader, and composer/arranger Bobby Zankel entitled “Still the New Thing" honoring three icons of ...


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