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Khadijah Renee and Her Trio

Noted jazz singer and actress Khadijah Renee and her trio will appear at LaRose Jazz Club on Sunday, August 16 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., celebrating the release of her new CD, "Sentimental Me." Renee has graciously and generously offered to donate $5.00 off the $30.00 ticket price, which includes a copy of her new CD, to our region’s non-profit, Jazz Bridge. LaRose is located on 5531 Germantown Avenue, and dinner and cash bar will be available. For tickets and information, call 215-910-8902 or 484-844-7864 and/or visit www.khadijahrenee.com.

Khadijah Renee has an extensive background as a jazz singer, stylistically reminiscent of legendary jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington and Nancy Wilson. Since the late 1980s, she’s appeared at most of the major spots in the tri-state area, which have included performances at the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Maryland and a number of shows at LaRose. This one-time member of the Delaware Council of Jazz Advocates recently graced the stage at the Delaware School of Music, where she performed “September Song” at a tribute to late trumpeter Clifford Brown. Renee is also a graduate ofPhiladelphia's famed Freedom Theater and completed acting courses at Philadelphia's Bushfire Theater. She has always been accompanied by our area’s finest musicians, and accompanying her at this LaRose performance are three of the best: pianist Dave Posmontier, bassist Madison Rast and drummer Bryon “Wookie” Landham.

Khadijah Renee is available for interviews: 610-745-3011

Jazz in Hawthorne Park - A FREE Concert
Bootsie Barnes and His Trio

Jazz Bridge and the Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition (HEC), sponsor of “Friends of Hawthorne Park,” will present saxophonist Bootsie Barnes and his trio for a free concert at Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine Street, on Thursday, August 20. 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

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.

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, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Fairmount Park Conservancy.

Bootsie Barnes is available for interviews: 610-745-3011

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Jazz Club'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

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.
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

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

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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