The Somers Point Jazz Society is kicking off their four-day jazz festival - Cape Bank Jazz @ the Point - from March 8th-11th. Some terrific people will be appearing! For tickets and info, visit their website or call 609-927-6677
Henrietta Shelton and the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation have cooked up some spring jazz concerts at the Tropicana every Thursday from April 5th to May 10th. Check it out!
Check out the Lucky Old Souls Concert Series at Robbins Bookstore in March - some wonderful artists on the bill!
I'll be talking up Jazz Bridge and singing on Sunday, March 11th at Christ Church Ithan in Villanova at 7PM. Pianist Tom Lawton, bassist Bill Zino, drummer Jim Miller and guitarist Father Ron Parker will be on hand. Would love to see you!
Sunday Sessions at the LaRose Jazz Club every Sunday from 6-10 pm.
Bring your ax!
Shout out to the Firecreek Restaurants in Downington, PA, and Voorhees, NJ, for having jazz on a regular basis - check out the lineup. Another commercial enterprise supporting local jazz and Jazz Bridge!!!
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Appearing at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts on Wednesday March 7th will be saxophonist George Barron and his band, featuring pianist Farid Barron
, bassist Tyrone Brown
, and drummer Alan Nelson
George Barron is acclaimed for the warmth and high energy of his tenor and soprano saxophone playing. He has a driving, passionate sound that ranges from smooth to explosive. With influences like Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane, it is no wonder that he impressed New York Times
jazz critic John S. Wilson, who called him... "A very versatile and polished saxophonist." Nat Hentoff, noted jazz writer, went further to say that, "George Barron has never before been so commandingly, securely himself and yet so vital a part of the collective musical experience .... His fullness of sound, mastery of the whole instrument (both tenor and soprano) and rhythmic sweep should propel George Barron . . .into the front rank of contemporary saxophonists." Barron has been a featured soloist with bands led by Lonnie Liston Smith
and Norman Connors
. His warm lyrical tone can be heard on Smith's Flying Dutchman
recording "Astral Traveling" and he's also prominent on the subsequent album entitled Cosmic Funk
. George's son Farid, is an award winning soloist who has performed with trumpeter Donald Byrd and with Wynton Marsalis' Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
for several years.
This concert is partially made possible by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Also appearing on Wednesday, March 7th at the Kennett Flash
in Kennett Square, PA will be the group Kombu Combo. Take a fiery, intense set of drums, mix that with uncompromising sax, guitar, bass and vibes, infuse with world music from Brazil, Latin America, Africa, Cuba, and India, and allow free-flowing original composition and that's the core essence of Kombu Combo. Bandleader drummer John DiGiovanni plays pop, rock, blues, bebop and classical percussion, but throughout his career, jazz has been his home. The band composes melodies that take influences from jazz greats like Miles Davis
, John Coltrane
, and Victor Feldman and mixes them with the music of icons like Frank Zappa
and Robert Palmer, and classical composers like Erik Satie
. Then the band uses World Music rhythms to turn these melodies into eclectic, African rhythms and bright sambas that conjure up Brazilian street parties.
Coming Up! Three Blind Mice (Victor North, Lucas Brown,and Wayne Smith Jr.) at the Society Hill Playhouse on March 15th and percussionist Doc Gibbs and his band in Media on March 21st.
Onsite free parking Cheltenham and Media. Parking right across the street from Society Hill Playhouse or folks can take the High Speed Line to 9th/10th and Locust stop and walk two blocks to 8th street to the Society Hill Playhouse. Free parking in lot at Kennett Flash and on street. Metered parking in Collingswood.As always, Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts start promptly at 7:30-9 p.m. One show. $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For info: 215-517-8337 or 610-745-3011
Now I can tell you . . .
Something really special has been in the works for the last two months - Jazz Bridge and the Kimmel Center are partnering to present "Philly Jazz: A View Through the Lens" - the first time that our own jazz photographers will be put in the spotlight. An April 3rd reception at 7 pm will kick off the month-long exhibition and will feature the work of Anthony Dean, L. David Hinton, Ben Johnson and Howard Pitkow. Plus video by Jason Fifield. You've probably seen them at jazz shows trying to get just the right shot, but now they'll be front and center! I hope to see you there.
In the Jazz Pipeline
American Composers Forum is opening up the Subito Grants
again - Go get the money! Deadline is mid-April.
Kim Tucker has done it again! She's snared Jerry Weldon
for our Chris' Jazz Cafe
Fundraiser for Jazz Bridge on April 27th. Wow! Kim's also putting together a dynamite jam session that same night, so you can't miss this close out to National Jazz Appreciation Month and the kick-off to the Center City Jazz Festival
that trombonist Ernest Stuart is planning! Tickets will go on sale soon.
Good News! Jazz Bridge will be featured in the mayor's reception room on April 11th from 5:30-6:30 pm. for City Hall Presents!
We'll be featuring a band (haven't booked it yet) and a wonderful film by Jason Fifield.
More on this later!