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Bob Wilson and his Jazz Quartet
Bob Wilson, master jazz guitarist and noted music industry executive, will appear with his jazz quartet on Tuesday, February 3 -- and the first Tuesday of every month -- at the 34 East Tavern in Ambler, PA. Shows begin at 7 p.m. and there is no cover or minimum. 34 East Tavern is located on 34 East Butler Avenue. Reservations/information: 215-267-8269 or 34easttavern.com.

Bob Wilson, a University of Cincinnati graduate who is also fluent on Spanish guitar, has been a Vice President at Disc Makers, the country's oldest and largest manufacturer of CDs and DVDs, since 2007. Wilson represents that rarity: an innovative, cutting edge and prominent music industry executive who is also a superior instrumentalist in a number of genres.

Other members of the quartet are alto saxophonist Jon Katz, a recording artist and among the most in-demand jazz saxophonists in the region. Katz was recently the subject of a profile in Jazz Times magazine. “He is, simply, astounding” said JT. Rounding out the group are drummer/author/columnist Bruce Klauber and bassist/educator Bruce Kaminsky, who often tour with legendary songstress Peggy King and The All-Star Jazz Trio.

Bob Wilson is available for interviews: 215-730-1789

Chico Huff
Jazz Bridge “Jazz at the Center” First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts--439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham—presents bassist Chico Huff on Wednesday, February 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.

Originally a guitarist, Arlie “Chico” Huff has been playing music professionally – on bass--since he was 15 years old. Though never formally trained, he got serious, on-the-job training during his years living in Massachusetts via playing and/or recording with the likes of Carly Simon and James Taylor. He moved to Philadelphia in 1983, and ended up spending six years on the Atlantic City music scene where worked he backed just about everyone. He then spent three years touring with Irish super group Solas, crisscrossing the country regularly with “side trips” to Ireland and Belgium. In between traveling, he played with smooth jazz guitarist Jeff Golub as well as a short stint with David Crosby (of Crosby, Still & Nash). More recently, he’s become a mainstay on the Philadelphia jazz scene, best known for his ability to work well in a variety of settings, ranging from funk to Latin to straight-ahead jazz.

Chico Huff is available for interviews: 610-745-3011

Breckerville Band
The Jazz Bridge First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Collingswood Community Center--30 East Collings Avenue in Collingswood, NJ—presents Breckerville on Thursday, February 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.

Breckerville is a unique jazz quintet dedicated to the music of The Brecker Brothers, trumpeter Randy and late saxophonist Michael. It consists of five, superb, veteran players: Keyboardist Dave Hartl, drummer Vic Stevens, bassist Andy Lalasis, trumpeter Bob Ferguson, and saxophonist Carl Cox. What makes the group unique is that Breckerville celebrates the music of The Brecker Brothers and several of their musical cohorts via the performance of original compositions by Dave Hartl. The arrangements are based on the original compositions of Randy, Michael, The Brecker Brothers Band, vibist Mike Mainieri of Steps Ahead, and other composers from the jazz/rock and fusion era. Formed in 2002, Breckerville continues to push these musical boundaries by embellishing on the complex improvisational, rhythmic, and harmonic writings through live performances.

The members of Breckerville are available for interviews: 610-745-3011

Special Tribute to the late John Blake
Jazz Bridge Second Wednesdays Concert Series in Center City presents a Special Tribute to the late John Blake, at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion--2110 Chestnut Street--on Wednesday, February 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.

On August 15, 2014, the international jazz community lost one of its most beloved members, violinist/composer/educator/lecturer/author and Philadelphian John Blake, Jr. Blake had an incredible career as an award-winning soloist with groups led by the likes of Archie Shepp, Billy Taylor, James Newton, Grover Washington, Jr., and for five years, with the legendary McCoy Tyner. He was also a leader and recording artist in his own right, having released his debut CD, “Maiden Dance,” in 1984. As an educator, Blake was on the faculty of the University of the Arts, the Manhattan School of Music, and was a guest lecturer at Berklee College of Music. In 2004 he was appointed to the “Basler Chair of Excellence” for the winter semester at East Tennessee State University, and in that year also was awarded a Chamber Music America Jazz Composer Grant. Performing in this Jazz Bridge Special Tribute are artists who have worked with John Blake and know his music well. They include pianist Luke Carlos O'Reilly, drummer Leon Jordan, Jr., bassist Gerald Veasley, and violinist Benjamin Sutin, one of Blake’s most promising students. Miriam Suzzette Ortiz will conduct a small choral ensemble to perform two of Blake’s vocal pieces. This evening will be a touching, loving and mindful tribute to a great master.

The performers in this tribute are available for interviews: 610-745-3011.


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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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