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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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Appearing at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County—145 West Rose Tree Road in Media—on Wednesday, May 15th is singer Pearl Williams. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 215-517-8337.
Pearl Williams embodies, embraces and perpetuates the legacy of legendary Philadelphia jazz singers. Gaining early experience singing in her high school choir, she quickly graduated to jazz by way of a jazz group formed by a neighbor and friend whose name happened to be McCoy Tyner. Her association with that future star helped shape her style, which she describes as “warm and sensually sophisticated, with an instinctive feeling for rhythm and lyrics, and deep emotional characteristics.” While she certainly has her influences, what comes out is singular and, quite simply, inimitable. Despite having no formal training, Pearl Williams three decades-plus career has taken her all over the globe, performing with certifiable, international jazz legends such as Houston Person, Count Basie, Barry Harris, Bobby Durham, Al Grey, Shirley Scott, Trudy Pitts, Milt Buckner, Cat Anderson, “Philly” Joe Jones, Richard “Groove” Holmes and literally hundreds of others. Artists like Pearl Williams, a living legend, are just not made any longer, and her every appearance is a unique and very special event.
Jazz Bridge is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to assisting area jazz and blues musicians in need. Their “Jazz Bridge in Media” program is one in a series at this venue, and four other area locales. For more details, visit JazzBridge.org/Upcoming-Events.
Appearing at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House—4th and Arch Street in Philadelphia—on Thursday, May 16th is singer Kevin Valentine. Tickets are $10, $5 for students, and are available only at the door. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Information: 215-517-8337.
“I can’t remember any phase of my life when I wasn’t singing,” says this Bronx-born singer, who counts as his first influences giants like Johnny Hartman and Erroll Garner. By his own admission, those traditional artists eventually “shared space” with the likes of Sly and the Family Stone and Tower of Power. Indeed, his early gigs in New York—after first meeting future bassist Mike Boone when both were members of the Boys Choir of Harlem—were of the rhythm and blues variety at spots such as the Apollo, Sweetwater’s The West End and Lennox Lounge. He returned to his jazz roots upon his arrival in Philadelphia to attend law school, and has worked most of the major clubs here. He describes his sound as “an easy, effortless style that swings,” and believes that his mission as an artist is “to find those tunes and be part of the presentation that presents pictures with new colors.”
Jazz Bridge is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization dedicated to assisting area jazz and blues musicians in need. Their “Jazz Bridge in Old City Philadelphia” program is one in a series at this venue, and four other area locales. For more details, visit JazzBridge.org/Upcoming-Events.
2012-2013 Jazz Bridge Concert Schedule
The 2012-2013 Jazz Bridge concert schedule promises to be among the most exciting in its history, with 40 events in five venues, featuring almost 200 world-class jazz instrumentalists, vocalists, composers and arrangers, with an emphasis on original music.
At the Collingwood Community Center, 30 Collings Avenue in Collingwood, New Jersey:
In Media at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 West Rose Tree Road:
Saxophonist/flutist/arranger/scat singer Denis DiBlasio on October 4th, bassist Andy Lalasis November1st, saxophonist Sam Reed on December 5th, trumpeter Fred Adams and the Philadelphia Heritage Art Ensemble on February 7th, saxophonist Bob Pollitt’s Quartet March 7th, jazz harpist Gloria Galante April 4th, and vocalist Barbara Montgomery May 2nd.
Singer Michael Andrews October 17th, percussionist Francois Zayas November 21st, pianist “Father John” D’Amico December 19th, pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly on January 16th, flutist Marc Adler February 20th, pianist Dave Posmontier on March 20th, vibraphonist Tony Miceli and violinist Diane Munro April 17th, and singer Pearl Williams on May 15th.
At the Arch Street Friends Meeting House, 4th and Arch Street in Philadelphia:
Pianist Jim Ridl and trumpeter Terrell Stafford October 18th, singer Ella Gahnt on November 15th, saxophonist Bobby Zankel December 20th, saxophonist Larry McKenna January 17th, pianist Tom Lawton February 21st, drummer Alan Nelson March 21st, guitarist Greg Matthews April 18th, and singer Kevin Valentine on May 16th.
In Cheltenham, at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road:
Drummer Leon Jordan October 3rd, saxophonist Tony Williams November 7th, singer Jill Salkin December 5th, bassist Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band on January 2nd, singer Paula Johns February 6th, bassist Nimrod Speaks on March 6th, singer Denise Montana April 3rd, and singer Kitty Mayo on May 1st.
At the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, 102 Sycamore Alley:
Bassist Lee Smith on October 3rd, pianist Terri Kleinfelter on November 7th, bassist Tyrone Brown December 5th, saxophonist Dave Wilson on January 2nd, saxophonist Ricky Tate, Jr. February 6th, Hot Club of Philadelphia on March 6th, drummer Eddie Jones April 3rd, and singer Sherri Butler on May 1st.
Jazz Bridge, founded by jazz singers Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon-Sinkler, is a 501C3 public charity that helps area jazz and blues musicians in crisis. Jazz Bridge employs in the neighborhood of 200 artists each year, presents these artists at unique and underused neighborhood venues, and injects funds into the community’s economy each and every season.
1st Thursday Meet-Up & Networking @ Phila. Clef-Club
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.