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Frank Bey
The Jazz Bridge Third Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series in Media at the Unitarian Universalist Church—145 West Rose Tree Road in Media—presents singer Frank Bey on Wednesday, April 16. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10 / $5 for students and are available only at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.

Vocalist Frank Bey: Frank Bey, master of blues, has been singing and entertaining since the age of four, while growing up in Millen, Georgia. Singing with along with his gospel-singing mother, he shortly became lead vocalist in the gospel quartet, The Rising Sons. As a teen, he toured the Southeast as a single, later with the legendary Otis Redding Revue, and made worldwide tours with Archie Jenkins and the Incredible Saxons. He then left the business, but returned 20 years later with a stellar new recording—“Steppin’ Out”—and remains a natural crowd pleaser, with his mix of blues, jazz, delta, country and folk.

Victor North and Three Blind Mice
The Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Jazz at the Library Concert Series at the Willingboro Library--220 Willingboro Way in Willingboro Township, NJ – presents saxophonist Victor North and Three Blind Mice on Thursday, April 17. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets aret $10, $5 for students and are only available at the door. . For info: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.

Saxophonist Victor North is one of the rare artists on any instrument who can literally and figuratively play it all, from Great American Songbook standards, to be-bop, to free-form and beyond. It’s hard to believe that this talented, versatile and swinging artist grew up in Alaska and was first exposed to jazz via weekly jam sessions at his local American Legion Hall. Since moving to Philadelphia—one of his dreams as a youth in Alaska—North began studies with greats such as Larry McKenna, Kenny Barron and Ralph Bowen. He’s become a confident and mature soloist, and is a fixture on the regional scene. North’s “Three Blind Mice” is comprised of, in addition to the leader, organist Lucas Brown, drummer Wayne Smith, Jr.

Victor North is available for interviews: 610-745-3011

Guitar Legend Pat Martino
Guitar Legend Pat Martino Stars at the Jazz Bridge Annual Spring Fundraising Concert

The Jazz Bridge Annual Spring Fundraising Concert—a celebration of this important organization’s 10th Anniversary—will feature the internationally acclaimed guitar legend Pat Martino and his trio. This gala event will take place on Friday, April 25 at The New Leaf Club—1225 Montrose Avenue in Rosemont, PA—from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Advance tickets, now available via jazzbridge.org, are available on two levels: General admission seating at $35, and a Premium package at $100, which will include front row seating, and a wine and cheese “meet and great” with the guitar master himself.

Pat Martino is available for interviews: 610-745-3011

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Jazz and Chinese Food Continues at Square on Square Restaurant Every Wednesday
Square on Square Restaurant, 1905 Chestnut Street, presents “Jazz at Square” with The All-Star Jazz Trio—pianist Andy Kahn, drummer Bruce Klauber, and bassist Bruce Kaminsky, every Wednesday evening from 8 to 11 p.m. There is no cover charge, a special, late night menu is available; and Center City on-street parking is free after 5 p.m. Information: squareonsquare.com, or call 215-568-0088.

Stephen Yau’s popular Square on Square restaurant is extraordinary in many ways, combining the tradition of Chinese and Pan-Asian cuisine with contemporary “takes” on those traditions, utilizing only quality, fresh ingredients, including free range chicken and beef and locally grown produce.

The All-Star Jazz Trio is a group of entertaining, hard-core swingers. As one area musicologist recently wrote: “The All-Star Jazz Trio represents the essence of jazz, and they draw the audience in to the experience.”

The All-Star Jazz Trio is available for interviews: 215-730-1789

The Leopard Room: Late Night Lounge at The Prime Rib with The All-Star Jazz Trio
The Leopard Room: Late Night Lounge at The Prime Rib with The All-Star Jazz Trio—pianist Andy Kahn, drummer Bruce Klauber and bassist Bruce Kaminsky—continues into 2014 at The Prime Rib, one of the City’s premier dining destinations, in the Warwick Hotel at 1701 Locust Street. Late Night Lounge begins at 10:15 p.m. A special late night menu is available and there is no cover charge. For information, call 215-772-1701 or visit theprimerib.com/philadelphia-pa.

Late Night Lounge recalls a time in Philadelphia when there were cool, elegant and sophisticated night spots to visit—after dinner, after theater, after a movie, or after whatever—where cool, elegant and sophisticated jazz could be heard. And where anything, musically, could happen.

The All-Star Jazz Trio is well-known for their performances in the region's nightclubs and concert halls, singly and in tandem with the legendary jazz songstress Peggy King. Jazz Times recently wrote: "The All-Star Jazz Trio brings back entertainment. They know how to pull the audience into the experience."

The All-Star Jazz Trio is available for interviews: 215-730-1789

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Jazz Club's

Basil’s
422 Delaware Ave.
Wilmington, Delaware
Live Jazz every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm
Featured Artists

Brownie’s Par Four Lounge
72nd and Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz every Wednesday from 10pm to 1am
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson

Carlette’s Backyard BBQ
57th and Elmwood Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz every Thursday from 7pm to 11pm
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Eric Roberts

Chris’ Jazz Café
1421 Sansome Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz Monday through Saturday
Featured Artists

Elena’s Showcase Lounge
4912 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
Every Tuesday
8:30pm to 11:30pm

Grey´s Lounge
132 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring Mike Boone, Byron Landham, and Sid Simmons
Every Wednesday 8pm

Larose Jazz Club
5531 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring Rob Henderson and friends
Every Sunday
7pm to 11pm
Live jazz featuring Tony Williams and Friends
Every Monday
6pm to 11pm

Relish
7152 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
Live jazz open jam session featuring Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
Every Wednesday
8pm to 11pm
Live jazz Thursday Thru Sunday
Featured Artists

The Top Shelf Lounge
56th and Market Street
Live jazz every Saturday
4pm to 8pm
Featured artists

Dowling's Palace
1310 N. Broad St.
215-236-9888
Sunday Nite Jazz is Back
Open Jam Session 8-11pm
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson

23rd Street Café
233 N. 23rd Street
Live jazz open jam session featuring Father John D’Amico, Jim Dofton, and Kenny Davis
Every Tuesday
7:30pm to 11:30pm

Warmdaddy's
Columbus Blvd. @ Reed Street Philadelphia
Join us EVERY Wednesday and Thursday for GREAT music!
EVERY Wednesday, join us at 6pm for 'Latin Soul' with Edgardo Cintron and the Cintron Band!
All performances begin at 6pm and feature great music, free admission, free buffet, and free parking.

The Twilight Lounge
20th and Bainbridge Sts. Philadelphia
Jam session on Thursday's 9p-12am.



Lucky Thompson's DNA
Everybody Oughta Have One


Alfie Pollitt
Alfie


The Tony Smith Quintet
Slammin' at Christina


Budesa Brothers
Jazz Organ Jazz Guitar


Edgardo Cintron
Greatest Hits

The Passion


Umar A. Raheem
Bigboy's Honor

 
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