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Doc Gibbs is one of the most sought after percussionists in the music industry today. Whether he's recording, touring or kickin' it up a notch with Emeril Lagasse. Doc musically operates on an audience with funky rhythms and with his vast assortment of traditional and unusual percussion instruments. Doc received his so-called "Doc"-torate from the late, legendary jazz saxophonist, Grover Washington, Jr. While recording Grover's “Live at the Bijou” album in 1976, Grover acknowledged Doc for prescribing an herbal remedy for a nasty cold that Grover was suffering from the night before taping

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Article: Extended Analysis

Lee Smith: My Kind of Blues

Read "Lee Smith: My Kind of Blues" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


After nearly 40 years as a working bassist, Lee Smith has become a jny: Philadelphia legend, playing gig after gig with just about everyone, including the Delphonics, Mongo Santamaria, Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk, Lionel Hampton, and a host of Philadelphians, including Larry McKenna, Tom Lawton, Bootsie Barnes, Odean Pope, and the list goes on and on. ...

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News: Festival

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

Heartfelt Performances And “remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Fest

By Sean McKenzie As I watched the amazing lineup of jazz royalty remembering the true legend, Joe Sample, I had never been so moved by such a fitting musical tribute. I remember it was only a little over a year ago that Wayne Henderson had been given his regal sendoff. And now, amongst other Sample fans, ...

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News: Event

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

"Remembering Joe Sample” At The Berks Jazz Festival

One of the featured attractions at this year’s Berks Jazz Festival (its 25th anniversary show) will be a special performance on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Reading, PA called “Remembering Joe Sample.” This special tribute to the world renowned pianist and composer who passed away last September was organized by musical ...

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News: Award / Grant

Saying Goodbye to John Blake Jr.

Saying Goodbye to John Blake Jr.

By Suzanne Cloud Sharon Baptist Church boasts a congregation that harkens back to 1934, many years before the church finally found an expansive resting space in West jny: Philadelphia. It's a very big church, but John’s family and friends needed a big one to say goodbye and to wish him well on his journey home. John ...

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Article: Profile

Monnette Sudler: Daring To Dream

Read "Monnette Sudler: Daring To Dream" reviewed by Suzanne Cloud


She's not working. She's too sick. And it hurts to the bone that she can't play the way she used to because she has Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) lung disease and is waiting for a lung transplant. Nobody knows what causes this scarring and stiffening of the lung tissue, hence the idiopathic part of the name, ...

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Article: Live From Philadelphia

September 2012: Exuberance

Read "September 2012: Exuberance" reviewed by RJ Johnson


Exuberance Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA September 12, 2012Amongst the diverse array of working jazz groups encompassing the Philadelphia jazz scene, Exuberance--a band which performs a book of entirely original music--has emerged as a popular interest amongst musicians and non-musicians alike. By combining thoughtful writing with an intricate ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Bridge presents Doc Gibbs in Media, PA on March 21st!

Jazz Bridge presents Doc Gibbs in Media, PA on March 21st!

Appearing at Jazz in Media! at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 145 W. Rose Tree Road in Media, PA (19063), on March 21st will be percussionist Doc Gibbs and his band. One Show: 7:30-9 p.m. $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For info: 610-745-3011. Free refreshments and free on-site parking! About Doc Gibbs He may not be a ...

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Article: Interview

Diane Monroe: Bridging Diverse Musical Worlds

Read "Diane Monroe: Bridging Diverse Musical Worlds" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Listening to Diane Monroe play jazz violin--whether solo, duo, or in a group--what's immediately evident is how great an improviser she is, fitting seamlessly with the music and the group, breathing and moving with the music. Only then does it become clear that she possesses the precision, complexity, and technique of a classical concert violinist. Indeed, ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Jazz Bridge Celebrates Philly Joe Jones' Birthday at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Jazz Bridge Celebrates Philly Joe Jones' Birthday at Chris' Jazz Cafe

Jazz Bridge will celebrate the life of the late Philadelphia drummer Philly Joe Jones with an all-star concert on his birthday, Friday July 15 from 8-12 pm at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom Street, Phila, PA. The celebration begins at 8 p.m with the Sticks & Tones Percussion Ensemble, featuring Randy Sutin, Harold Smith, Doc Gibbs, ...


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