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~ as heard through the ear of Will Smith Sr. as he travels through the City of Brotherly Love. Here you will find information on artists he has worked with, met and recorded. Plus artists bio's, sound clips, video's, pictures and more...
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||The Jazz Bridge “Jazz at the Center” First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts--439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham—presents singer Gloria Allende on Wednesday, March 4. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised in Los Angeles, Gloria Allende is a singer, dancer and songwriter who delights audiences with an incomparable blend of jazz, R & B and Latin. Originally inspired by Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Sade, Celia Cruz and Ella Fitzgerald, she’s emerged as a total original who, vocally, manages to be both powerful and smooth. Compositionally, her original songs offer fresh insights into melody and meaning. Her goal, when writing songs, is to create “positive music that sends a message straight to the heart” via modeling her tunes on true life experience. Her 2004 CD, “Feel Good,” continues to garner acclaim even ten years after its initial release. In writing about the CD, music journalist Pat Nigel likened Allende’s singing to, among others, Chaka Khan and Anita Baker. “I closed my eyes and heard Anita Baker,” wrote Nigel. “While you might describe some of her work as ‘smooth jazz,’ there is a definite jazz and rhythm and blues edge to her work as well.”
Gloria Allende is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
||The Jazz Bridge “Jazz in the Wood” First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Collingswood Community Center--30 East Collings Avenue in Collingswood, NJ—bassist Craig Thomas on Thursday, March 5. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
In a city populated by some of the greatest jazz bassists in the world, Craig Thomas has long been at the top of that list. As an instrumentalist, he’s backed dozens of jazz and pop luminaries including Buddy Rich, Philly Joe Jones, Mel Lewis, Pat Martino and Jimmy Bruno on the jazz side; and in the world of pop music, Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, James Darren, and Bobby Rydell. In the recording world, his latest effort—“Culture,” recorded in 2013 with John Vanore & Abstract Truth—received great reviews from Jazz Times as did “Playtime,” recorded and produced with his vocalist wife, Eve. He has also recorded four CDs on the Concord Jazz label with Jimmy Bruno, including two live CDs, “Live at Birdland” with Bobby Watson and “Live at Birdland II” with Scott Hamilton. As an educator, Thomas joined the University of Delaware’s Department of Music as a bass instructor in January 2006, and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of the Arts. Craig Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers, and received his Master of Music degree from Rowan University in May, 2002.
Craig Thomas is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
||The Jazz Bridge “Jazz at the Sanctuary” Second Wednesdays Concert Series in Center City presents vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion--2110 Chestnut Street--on Wednesday, March 11. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30. Information: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd, daughter of urban missionaries and born and raised in Philadelphia, embraced the Christian faith and its immense body of music as a child. She began to develop and share her musical talents as a youngster by singing in church choirs and studying piano, flute and bassoon. This gifted vocalist/composer has been at forefront of creating vocal jazz settings that express Christian theology for over 13 years. As a leader, she has released several highly acclaimed recordings. Blessed with a soaring mezzo-soprano voice, critics have praised her music for seamlessly combining ensemble-based modern jazz with explicit Biblical messages of unwavering faith in God. Floyd has recorded and/or performed with notables such as James Newton, Jay Hoggard, Terri Lyne Carrington, Uri Caine, Charles Frambrough and Bobby Zankel. She is also active as an educator, teaching at the Spruce Hill Christian School, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Biblical University of Langhorne, PA.
Ruth Naomi Floyd is available for interviews: 610-745-3011.
422 Delaware Ave.
Live Jazz every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm
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
Elena’s Showcase Lounge
4912 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
8:30pm to 11:30pm
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
7pm to 11pm
Live jazz featuring Tony Williams and Friends
6pm to 11pm
7152 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
Live jazz open jam session featuring Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
8pm to 11pm
Live jazz Thursday Thru Sunday
The Top Shelf Lounge
56th and Market Street
Live jazz every Saturday
4pm to 8pm
1310 N. Broad St.
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
7:30pm to 11:30pm
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
The Tony Smith Quintet
Slammin' at Christina
Jazz Organ Jazz Guitar
Umar A. Raheem