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~ 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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Denis DiBlasio and his Quartet
||Jazz Bridge presents their “First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series-Jazz in the Wood” at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 Collings Ave, Collingswood, NJ 08108. This season begins with baritone saxophonist/flautist Denis DiBlasio and his quartet on Thursday, October 1. Showtime is 7:30-9:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. For more info call: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Denis DiBlasio is a baritone saxophonist, scat singer, flautist, educator, composer, arranger, Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz and head of Jazz and Composition programs at Rowan University. DiBlasio is also an international clinician/performer. Relevance, attainability and fun make up the foundation of his friendly and entertaining approach. In the area of recordings and published texts, his affiliations include Kendor, Northeastern Music, Belwin, Hal Leonard, Doug Beach, Kjos, Houston, RonCorp, RAD Records, and Dreambox Media. This versatile and entertaining performer was the Maynard Ferguson Big Band’s Musical Director for five years, has recorded with the likes of clarinet legend Buddy DeFranco, and has arranged for singer Dianne Schurr.
Denis DiBlasio is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
M’Balia Singley and her Band
||Jazz Bridge presents their "First Wednesday Neighborhood Concert Series-Jazz in Cheltenham", at The Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA, 19012 on Wednesday, October 7. This season begins with vocalist, M’Balia Singley and her band. Showtime is 7:30-9:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For more info call: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
A singer since childhood, M’Balia Singley has formal training in piano, voice and guitar. Her first musical experiences came from sitting around the kitchen table with her family, after dinner, and lending her voice to the four part harmony while her dad strummed his guitar to anything from Don McClean's "American Pie" to the Jackson 5’s 'I'll Be There" to Solomon Linda's "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."
While attending Yale University, she came to the attention of the legendary Willie Ruff-Dwike Mitchell Duo, and she appeared in concert with them several times. Returning to Philadelphia and armed with her guitar, M’Balia self-released two EP’s of original music while playing such esteemed venues as the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, The Living Room in New York City, and Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live. In 2014, M’Balia began working with various jazz trios around town, enjoying successful stints at Paris Bistro and Jazz Cafe, Relish, and Warmdaddy’s. In between j-o-b’s, M’Balia found the time to sing in wedding bands and record demos with John Legend, one of which, “Stay With Me,” made it onto his debut album, and garnered a Grammy-nomination. 2015 finds M’Balia proud to release her new album, “Halfway There,” produced by pianist/composer, Orrin Evans and featuring Evans, Gene Jackson, Mike Boone, Byron Landham, Madison Rast, and Tim Motzer. “Halfway There” is a collection of original M’Balia compositions and jazz standards she loves.
M’Balia Singley is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Big Horn Jazz Band
The “Jazz at Foster’s Military Lounge Second Thursdays Neighborhood Concert Series – 351 Charleston Road in Willingboro, N.J.—presents the Big Horn Jazz Band on Thursday, October 8. 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.
The 15-piece Big Horn Jazz Band, founded and led by Dennis Sigovich, is dedicated to performing the music of the late and legendary trumpeter and bandleader Maynard Ferguson, with their repertoire covering five decades of MF’s work. Through the efforts of band saxophonist Ed Etkins, many of these great numbers have been transcribed, and when the Ferguson collection of music wound up at the University of North Texas, Etkinst traveled there to uncover unknown Ferguson gems and to work with the collection on its restoration. The group is staffed with a list of stellar players, including saxophonist Larry McKenna, trombonist Dale Devoe, and Maynard Ferguson alumnus Joe Mosello on trumpet. “The powerful, 15-man Big Horn Jazz Band meticulously plays its way through 50 years of challenging Maynard Ferguson orchestrations,” said philly.com
Dennis Sigovich is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Rich Budesa Quartet
Jazz Bridge presents their “Second Wednesdays Neighborhood Concert Series- Jazz in the Sanctuary” in Center City at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut St., Philadelphia PA 19103. This season begins with the quartet of organist Rich Budesa on Wednesday, October 14. Showtime is 7:30-9:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For more info call: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
This region has long been known as the home to some of the legendary organists in jazz, including names like Jimmy Smith, Trudy Pitts, Shirley Scott and Joey DeFrancesco. Organist and sometimes singer Rich Budesa, a graduate of the Philadelphia School of the Performing Arts and one of the most sought after jazz organists on the scene today, continues that rich and swinging tradition. He has performed and recorded with some of the great musicians of our time including: Grover Washington Jr., Lenny White, George Duke, Junior Cook, Billy Paul and Eric Alexander. The Budesa Brothers organ trio, featuring brother Robert on guitar, were recently featured on National Public Radio’s “American Routes” and “Jazz Night in America.”
Rich Budesa is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Michal Beckham and Her Band
Jazz Bridge presents their “Third Thursday Neighborhood Concert Series-Jazz on the Main Line,” at The New Leaf Club, 1225 Montrose Avenue, Rosemont, PA 19010 on Thursday, October 15. This season begins with vocalist, Michal Beckham and her band. Showtime is 7:30-9:00 p.m. and tickets are $10 general admission/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For more info call: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
A native of Philadelphia, Michal Beckham is one of the most exciting jazz vocal artists in the jazz arena today. A graduate of the Philadelphia Public School System, Beckham, is the product of Philadelphia's Germantown Settlement School of Music and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). She has toured France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland with jazz legend Clark Terry's Big Band, with Grover Washington Jr. and with “The Pieces of a Dream.” Truly an international attraction, on one occasion, Beckham toured Turkey, Paris and Belgium with group made up of Turkish musicians. Widely known as is a “musician’s vocalist” via her extensive repertoire of jazz, songs from the Great American Songbook, and the blues and consistently delivers a wide range of jazz, standards and blues repertoire.
Michal Beckham is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
The 12th annual Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert Series promises to be the most exciting and wide-ranging ever, with more than 200 jazz and blues instrumentalists and vocalist performing 48 concerts at six area venues. And this season, Jazz Bridge is presenting concerts on two new stages: the Second Thursday series at Foster Military Lodge, 351 Charleston Road in Willingboro, NJ, hosted by Edgardo Cintron; and the Third Wednesday Series at Fellowship Hall, 7811 Ridge Avenue—the corner of Ridge and Shawmont Avenues in Roxborough, PA, hosted by WRTI Radio’s Jeff Duperon. All shows begin at 7-30 p.m. and tickets—door sale only—are $10 general admission and $5 for students. For more information on Jazz Bridge and this year’s season, visit jazzbridge.org or call 215-517-8337.
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