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Jazz Bridge and the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition present vocalist Barbara Walker in a free concert.
Jazz Bridge and the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition (HEC), sponsor of “Friends of Hawthorne Park,” will present vocalist Barbara Walker for a free concert at Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine Street, on Thursday, July 16. Shows run from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. and all are invited to bring their lawn chairs and enjoy. Further information: jazzbridge.org or hecphilly.org
From her musical beginnings as a 16 year-old vocalist who first sang professionally with her organist father, Bill Walker, Barbara Walker continues to be recognized as dynamic, passionate and incredibly powerful singer and an artist whose performances exemplify the word “excitement.” Her activities in the worlds of jazz, rhythm and blues, in the theater and in motion pictures have been nothing less than exceptional. Jazz-wise, she’s toured the country with artists such as Grover Washington, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Diane Schuur, Uri Caine, Diana Krall, Les McCann, Bradford Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, Toots Thielemans, Oscar Brown, Jr., Bobby Durham, Nancy Wilson, The Manhattan Transfer, and Maynard Ferguson. In the R & B area, Walker has appeared with Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, and LL Cool J. Theatrically, her work in the American Music Theater Festival’s “Essentially Ellington” received rave reviews. And jazz loving film goers with big ears will certainly recognize Barbara Walker’s rendition of “Here Comes the Morning,” in the hit Hollywood film, “The Score,” which starred Marlon Brando, Robert DiNiro and Angela Bassett.
The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition is a non-profit community organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for all residents—approximately 3,500-- of the Hawthorne Neighborhood of South Philadelphia. The summer concert series in Hawthorne Park is being presented in collaboration with--and via funding from--Friends of Hawthorne Park and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
Barbara Walker is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Breckerville at the Sandi Point Coastal Bistro in Somers Point, NJ
"Jazz Bridge Down the Shore" presents Breckerville at the Sandi Point Coastal Bistro in Somers Point, NJ on Sunday, July 19. The show, a fundraiser for Jersey shore jazz and blues musicians in need, begins at 7:00 p.m., tickets are $15--$10 for South Jersey Jazz Society Members--and are only available at the door. The Bistro is located at 900 Shore Road. For further information, call 609-927-2759. or visit sandipoint.com. This will be a wonderful evening at a fabulous restaurant--" From Appetizers to Burgers to Seafood to Prime Rib," as they say--with world class music. And Jazz Bridge is throwing in a bunch of door prizes to boot.
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
Jazz in Hawthorne Park - A FREE Four-Concert Series
|It’s time to bring those lawn chairs, beach blankets and picnic baskets out of storage! Jazz Bridge will again be partnering with Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition (HEC), sponsor of “Friends of Hawthorne Park,” for a series of free summer concerts. Jazz Bridge and HEC, both Pennsylvania nonprofit corporations, will sponsor “Jazz in Hawthorne Park.” a four-concert series, to be performed in Hawthorne Park at 12th and Catharine Streets in Philadelphia on May 21, June 18, July 16, and August 20. Each concert will feature one of our region’s finest jazz groups in concert from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Further information: jazzbridge.org or hecphilly.org
Vocalist Barbara Walker, who seamlessly combines the genres of jazz and rhythm and blues, has toured with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Chick Corea, and Branford Marsalis. Barbara Walker appears at Hawthorne on Thursday, July 16.
Tenor saxophonist Robert “Bootsie” Barnes embodies the spirit and the tradition 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 Barnes with will perform with his trio on Thursday, August 20.
Jazz Bridge, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors these neighborhood concerts throughout the region to keep the sound of Philadelphia alive.
The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition is a community organization with the mission of improving the quality of life for all residents—approximately 3,500-- of the Hawthorne Neighborhood of South Philadelphia. The summer concert series in Hawthorne Park is being presented in collaboration with--and via funding from--Friends of Hawthorne Park, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
All artists are 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