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Peggy King with The All-Star Jazz Trio
Along with Tony Bennett, the legendary songstress Peggy King is one of the few, certifiable stars of stage, screen, radio television and nightclubs still performing today. Peggy King will appear with The All-Star Jazz Trio on Saturday, December 6 at Chris’ Jazz Café’ in Center City Philadelphia for two shows at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $20. For reservations and other details, call 215-568-3131. Chris’ is located on 1421 Sansom Street.
“Pretty, perky Peggy King” has worked in films and television with every star imaginable, from Frank Sinatra and Mel Torme’ to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Andre Previn, and her dozens of recordings through the years show just why she remains a favorite of America’s finest composers and lyricists. Indeed, one of the charming high points of the Emmy Award-winning HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” was Peggy King’s on-screen rendition of “When Liberace Winks at Me,” which she sang on television circa 1956.
Her credits could fill volumes, and those credits include film roles in “The Bad and the Beautiful” with Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner, “Zero Hour” with Dana Andrews and Linda Darnell, three years as a television regular on “The George Gobel Show,” and guest-starring stints with Steve Allen, Pat Boone, James Garner, Bob Hope, Nat “King” Cole, Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore, Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas, among many others. And yes, that’s Peggy King with Abbott and Costello in 1955’s cult favorite, “Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy.”
Since teaming with the charismatically swinging All-Star Jazz Trio--pianist Andy Kahn, bassist Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber--has been delighting audiences of all ages up and down the East Coast.
Of Peggy King today? "At the age of 84, her intonation, interpretive powers, subtle sense of swing and range are better than they were in 1955," said Jazz Times. Gary Giddins of the Village Voice called her "ageless." And Will Friedwald of the Wall Street Journal recently wrote that "Peggy King delivers the same goods she delivered more than 40 years ago."
The Corinne Mammana Quartet featuring guitarist Frank DiBussolo
||The Corinne Mammana Quartet featuring guitarist Frank DiBussolo will appear at Chris' Jazz Café on Tuesday, December 16. Shows run from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. and tickets are $10, $5 for students. Chris’ is located on 1421 Sansom Street. For reservations or more information, call 215-568-3131 or visit chrisjazzcafe.com.
Jazz singer Corinne Mammana has an extensive background in theater with some imposing credits, including several stints off-Broadway. Jazz Times profiled her recently, saying, “Mammana bridges a sometimes difficult gap between what is obviously her seriously and classically trained vocal instrument, as applied to a lightly swinging book of songs. Her superb technique is a dead giveaway. But she applies her superior technique gracefully, carefully, tastefully and intelligently."
Jazz Times also commented on Frank DiBussolo: "Veteran guitarist and educator DiBussolo, always a technical marvel," said the magazine, "has mellowed with the years and has evolved into an inventive and tasteful soloist, evidenced by his newest recording, ‘Songs to Write Home About.’”
This Quartet which works frequently in New York City, at the prestigious Deer Head Inn and in clubs and concerts in their native Bethlehem, PA., specializes in jazz versions of the Great American song book. Also featured are the swinging and versatile Dave DiPalma on saxophone, and two-thirds of the charismatically swinging All-Star Jazz Trio, bassist Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber.
Corinne Mamanna is available for interviews: (215) 730-1789
||Jazz Bridge Third Thursday Concert Series on The Main Line presents guitarist Monnette Sudler and her quartet at The New Leaf Club—1225 Montrose Avenue in Rosemont—on Thursday, December 18. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Information: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Guitarist/composer/vocalist/educator/poet/recording artist Monnette Sudler is a treasure in this region—and beyond—and Jazz Bridge is pleased to welcome her back to the concert stage after her heroic and successful battle, via lung transplant, with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) lung disease She was originally inspired by fellow guitarists Pat Martino, Bolo Sete and Wes Montgomery, and the music of legends like John Coltrane and Yusef Lateef. Her early work, going back to her first recording for Steeplechase Records in 1977, was pretty much in the jazz mainstream, but she has continued to evolve stylistically, combining elements of different genres, often in tandem with spoken word. In her prolific career, she’s toured the world and has recorded with giants like Reggie Workman, Grover Washington, Jr. Hamiet Bluiet, Steve Turre and Cecil McBee, among others. The “All Music Guide" described Sudler as a“hard-swinging guitarist with impressive chops,” while Jazz Times called her style “unique and surprising.” That it is.
Monnette Sudler is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
||Jazz Bridge Third Thursday Concert Series in Willingboro, NJ presents saxophonist Bootsie Barnes at the Willingboro Library—220 Willingboro Way in Willingboro Township—on Thursday, December 18. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Robert “Bootsie” Barnes embodies the spirit and the tradition—past, present and future—of everything that was and is Philadelphia jazz. There likely isn’t a jazz giant who this multi award-winning tenor saxophonist has not played with. He’s toured the world with the likes of Philly Joe Jones, Mickey Roker, Shirley Scott, Don Patterson, Sonny Stitt, Jimmy Smith, Al Grey, Groove Holmes, Jimmy Smith, Milt Buckner and dozens of others. “He plays tenor saxophone with self-assured flair and gorgeous depth in a classic style,” said Jazz Times. Bootsie Barnes. Truly an original. And a legend.
Bootsie Barnes 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