Welcome to the site of the best of original Philadelphia music
~ as heard through the ear of Will Smith Sr. as he travels through the City of Brotherly Love. Here you will find information on artists he has worked with, met and recorded. Plus artists bio's, sound clips, video's, pictures and more...
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||The Jazz Bridge “Jazz at the Center” First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts--439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham—presents singer Rhenda Fearrington on Wednesday, May 6. 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 from New York, vocalist Rhenda Fearrington’s eclectic repertoire is an authentic and warm combination of jazz standards mixed with soulful originals. This dynamic talent spent years as a commercial/jingle singer; and performed in schools for 15 years with her “Feel Sooo Good Tour;” a motivational program that focused on building the self-esteem of children Fearrington remains true to her roots, and those roots also include singing on the international stage as a back-up singer for Roberta Flack and MTUME. She co-produced her first solo CD, “This Moment’s Sweetness,” in 2012, which featured, among others, bassist Mike Boone and tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. Fearrington is also a writer, having had a published column, “The ABC of it,” in the Suburban & Wayne Times, and spent six years writing children’s book reviews for Kids Can Press, LTD (Canada). Her independent blogs and reviews about the Philadelphia jazz scene are among the most widely read in the region.
Rhenda Fearrington is available for interviews: 610-745-3011.
||The Jazz Bridge “Jazz in the Wood” First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Collingswood Community Center--30 East Collings Avenue in Collingswood, NJ—presents bassist Dylan Taylor on Thursday, May 7. 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.
Bassist/cellist/composer/arranger Dylan Taylor is a veteran mainstay of our region’s jazz scene, having provided the “bottom” for name artists such as Lee Konitz, Freddie Hubbard, Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Bobby Zankel, Khan Jamal and dozens of others. He studied bass with Al Stauffer, Dennis Sandole, Buster Williams and John Pattitucci at City College of New York, where he also studied composition with Mike Holober. As a recording artist, his “Sweeter for the Struggle” CD, which features his friend Larry Coryell and three Dylan Taylor originals, was well received by critics and listeners. “Sweeter for the Struggle” encapsulates Taylor's spiritual feelings regarding his work as a player, as a leader and his overall worldview: That positive hope combined with the musical diversity displayed in his compositions--weaving together Afro Cuban, fusion, straight ahead, blues and avant garde—can play a part in a larger message of connecting us all individually to something bigger than ourselves, a sum truly greater than its parts. As Dylan Taylor says, "I hope that my music can contribute in some way to this process."
Dylan Taylor 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