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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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Anibal Rojas and his Quartet
||The Jazz Bridge First Wednesdays Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts--439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham--presents saxophonist Anibal Rojas and his Quartet on Wednesday, November 5. 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.
Born in Chile, Rojas came to the United States with his family—fleeing political persecution in Chile --in his early teens. To keep him out of trouble, his parents bought him a saxophone. In a few years, he was good enough to win a full music scholarship from the University of Iowa. Moving to the East Coast, Rojas hooked up with R & B bands and later with the preeminent figures in jazz, Latin and world music, including The New York Horns. The music of Anibal Rojas reflects his life experiences, and the music of his country. As a composer, he followed the advice of his colleague, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, who suggested that he write music “that is a reflection of who you are as a person.” This promises to be a unique and very special event. Accompanying Anibal Rojas on his date are pianist Lucas Brown, bassist Jason Fraticelli, and drummer Joe Truglio.
Anibal Rojas is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Odean Pope and his Quartet
||The Jazz Bridge First Thursdays Neighborhood Concert Series in Collingswood, NJ presents saxophonist Odean Pope and his Quartet on Thursday, November 6 at the Collingswood Community Center, 30 East Collings Avenue. Tickets are $10, $5 for students--door sale only--and show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit www.jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Saxophonist, composer, educator and arranger Odean Pope defines the words “living legend.” Joe Lovano called him a “bad, bad beautiful musician,” and another jazz giant, Ornette Coleman, was so moved by Pope’s playing on the recording, “Locked & Loaded,” that he broke down in tears. Then he wrote the liner notes to that recording. While there’s not a progressive giant who Odean Pope hasn’t played and recorded with—including Terell Stafford, Jeff “Tain” Watts and James Carter—he is most fondly remembered as a member of drummer Max Roach’s Quartet for 20 years. Pope was a progressive and forward-thinking player early in the game—and still is--effectively combining elements of bop, funk, R & B, free jazz, and even chamber music (he studied with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s bass clarinetist, Ronald Rubin). Pope’s artistry as performer, composer and arranger has earned him many citations from the City of Philadelphia. Among his many awards are The Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Music Composition (1992), The Rockefeller Foundation (1992) and several from Chamber Music America.
Odean Pope is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
||Jazz Bridge Second Wednesdays Concert Series in Center City presents trumpeter, arranger and composer Danny Jonokuchi at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, 2110 Chestnut Street on Wednesday, November 12. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30. Information: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Something of a child prodigy—Danny Jonokuchi has been playing piano since he was four and has been playing the trumpet since he was eight—his interest in jazz and and fast-developing talents as musician came to the forefront in his high school music programs and participation in workshops like the Stanford Jazz Residency. He graduated Temple University in 2012—after studies with Terell Stafford and Dick Oatts—and received the Jon Katz Scholarship and Esther Boyer Alumni Award upon graduation. At age 18, he was leading his own big band. He wrote many of the compositions and arrangements for this impressive ensemble, and the unit performed all over Los Angeles and New York. This relative youngster--and Brooklyn resident--could be the next big star on the jazz horizon. He’s a versatile, fluent and creative trumpeter; a schooled arranger and composer fluent in many forms; and a superb conductor who always looks ahead, but clearly respects the jazz tradition. Backing Danny Jonokuchi at this performance are guitarist Dave Sanders, bassist Justin Sekelewski, and drummer Carl Moritz.
Danny Jonokuchi 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