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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
Saxophonist/composer/educator/arranger Odean Pope defines the words “living legend.” Joe Lovano called him a “bad, bad beautiful musician. Pope, who spent 20 years in the group of famed drummer Max Roach, brings his quartet to Hawthorne on Thursday, June 18. This performance is part of the City of Philadelphia's Performances in Public Spaces program managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.
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