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Tony Miceli

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Vibraphonist Tony Miceli, whose playing has been compared with the legendary Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Philadelphia, and has been working steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others. In addition to his work with the group Monkadelphia, which he co-founded in 1990, Miceli is a member of the PhilOrch Jazz Ensemble (a quartet featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the Adam Unsworth Ensemble

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Article: Live Review

Tony Miceli Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Tony Miceli Quintet Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 5, 2024 Vibraphonist Tony Miceli has a way of drawing talent around him like a magnet. Of course, it's because of his exceptional musicianship, but he also has a knack for creating interesting situations for playing. This time, he ...

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Article: Rising Stars

Introducing Saxophonist Olivia Hughart

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This article previously appeared in Jersey Jazz Magazine. Growing up in Lower Merion, PA, a jny: Philadelphia suburb, Olivia Hughart started playing jazz saxophone in middle school. “My parents were big music lovers," she recalled. “We were listening to music all the time. They're huge Yellowjackets fans, so we'd always listen to Bob Mintzer ...

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Article: Book Review

Philadelphia Jazz

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Philadelphia Jazz Suzanne Cloud and Diane Turner 127 pages ISBN 978-1-4671-0784-6 Images of America Arcadia Publishing 2022 Philadelphia longs to be known as a jazz town, a city distinguished by its major contribution to the jazz legacy. There is a good ...

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Article: In Pictures

Tony Miceli with The John Toomey Trio at the Attucks

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Tony Miceli playfully warned the sold-out audience at the Attucks Jazz Club that if they did not want to be hit in the head with a mallet to not tell a vibraphonist he or she is playing the xylophone. Mallets were flying during Miceli's Saturday night gig but the only thing getting hit was his vibe. ...

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Article: Live Review

Matthew Parrish's Philly Express Band: Jazz at Cherry Street Pier

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Matthew Parrish Philly Express Band Cherry Street Pier Philadelphia, PA April 16, 2022 This “Jazz Appreciation Month" concert, sponsored by Jazz Philadelphia and the city's Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, unveiled a jazz quintet of highest caliber. The group was assembled by bassist Matthew Parrish ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Charlie Parker: In Praise of Bird on His 100th Birthday!

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A hundred years ago, on August 29, 1920, soon after jazz was born, Charlie Parker came into this world, and in the 35 years of a life cut short by addictions and impulse-driven living, he changed the face of the music. His innovations as one of the creators of bebop and his stunning sound and virtuosic ...

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Article: Interview

John Swana: Philly Gumbo

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From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. In addition to being one of the finest contemporary jazz trumpet players, John Swana is a human being who is spontaneously authentic and refuses to play a false role. Having reached the ripe old age of 38, John has ...

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Article: From Far and Wide

Istanbul Jazz: So Close to the Music, So Far From New York

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That any musician, old cat, young lion, or apprentice anywhere, endeavors in jazz is amazing enough, given the elusiveness of “success." That is even more true in jny: Istanbul, Turkey: not a conventional jazz capitol, far from the African-American roots of jazz, and even beyond the music's major continental domiciles. Yet the tilting cobblestoned streets of ...

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Article: Live Review

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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