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||Bob Wilson, master jazz guitarist and noted music industry executive, will appear with his jazz quartet on Tuesday, December 2 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; drummer Bruce Klauber and bassist Bruce Kaminsky, two-thirds of the dynamic, popular and charismatically swinging All-Star Jazz Trio.
Bob Wilson is available for interviews: 215-730-1789
Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band
The Jazz Bridge First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts--439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham--presents bassist Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band on Wednesday, December 3. 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.
As a bassist, bandleader and arranger, Wfymiws
ise has a wealth of experience in both mainstream and traditional jazz, having worked with artists ranging from Red Garland and Al Hirt to Herb Ellis and Mose Allison. Wise came to Philadelphia in the wake of hurricane Katrina, after spending a dozen years in New Orleans, and formed his New Orleans Jazz Band, which has become one of the most popular attractions on the East Coast traditional jazz circuit. And his Jazz Bridge appearances have—deservedly-- often been near sell-outs. As one reviewer accurately remarked: “This is happy music.”
Ed Wise is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Elliott Levin and his Quartet
TThe Jazz Bridge first Thursdays, Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Collingswood Community Center--30 East Collings Avenue in Collingswood, NJ—presents saxophonist/flutist/poet Elliott Levin and his Quartet on Thursday, December 4. 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.
Classically trained at the University of Oregon and via private studies with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Michael Guera, Levin has since become one of the region’s premier exponents of Free Jazz, and as a published poet, often pairs the two aesthetics in performance. His playing, frequently heard on European stages, is not limited to the avant-garde, as he’s spent a good deal of time with the likes of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and the pioneering World Music ensemble, Atzilut. Levin has received awards from New American Radio in New York, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the California Endowment for the Humanities.
Elliott Levin is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
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."
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