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Article: Live Review

Joe Block Christmas Extravaganza at Chris’ Jazz Café

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Joe Block Christmas Extravaganza Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA December 17, 2023 Pianist Joe Block is a remarkable pianist and band leader born and bred in Philadelphia and its suburbs. He is a graduate of both Juilliard and Columbia, was mentored by legendary pianists like Tom Lawton ...

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Mary Ellen Desmond: Comfort and Joy 2023

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Mary Ellen Desmond and Friends Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany Philadelphia, PA December 10, 2023 This was the twentieth consecutive year that Mary Ellen Desmond has led her “Comfort and Joy" holiday concert in the sanctuary of Philadelphia's Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany. The ...

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Article: Film Review

Maestro: The Leonard Bernstein Story

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Bradley Cooper Maestro Netflix 2023 This film is what might be called a romantic biopic about “maestro" (and household word) Leonard Bernstein's life and work and his loving but troubled relationship with his wife, the Costa Rican/ Chilean pianist and actor Felicia Montealegre. Yet it has the power and ...

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Article: Interview

Bobby Zankel: The Inside Story of 'A Change of Destiny'

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Saxophonist, bandleader, composer and arranger Bobby Zankel has been making jazz in many ways with diverse cohorts for over a half-century. He has found his own way to create music that is both advanced and very listenable at the same time. He is loved and revered by the many musicians who have performed with him and ...

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Miguel Zenon and Luis Perdomo at Solar Myth

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Miguel Zenon and Luis Perdomo Ars Nova Workshop Solar Myth Philadelphia, PA August 23, 2023 This magnificent performance, by two of the finest Latin-based jazz musicians around today, blew the lid off a “myth" about a seemingly funky-grungy club called Solar Myth. The club's exotic name ...

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Anais Reno and the Dylan Band Quintet at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Anais Reno and the Dylan Band Quintet Featuring the Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA June 24, 2023 At 19, Anais Reno is one of the finest emerging jazz vocalists amid a hefty scene of great young singers. And her repeated engagements ...

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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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Miss Justine: Jazz Appreciation Month Event at Bob and Barbara’s Lounge

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Miss Justine Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project and the Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy Bob and Barbara's Lounge Philadelphia, PA April 23, 2023 Vocalist Miss Justine (full name Justine Keeys) is a Philadelphia phenomenon. She has a unique mastery of the jazz ...

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Norman David and Group 4 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Norman David and Group 4 Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 25, 2023 Norman David is a saxophonist/clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator par excellence, and for many years has directed his high-powered larger ensemble, the Eleventet, first in Boston, then at Colby College in Maine, and for ...

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Birth of the Cool at 75: A Philadelphia Premiere at the Clef Club

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Orchestra 2001 Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts Birth of the Cool: A Philly Premiere, 75 Years Later jny:Philadelphia, PA March 29, 2023 The advanced publicity for this exciting historically-based concert must have hit the pleasure centers of many fans, as it sold out on the second ...


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