August 22, 2014 |
UNTIL an unfortunate shooting outside Dell Music Center last week at a rap concert, things had been looking totally rosy at the Fairmount Park venue this summer. Four out of the five Essence of Entertainment concerts so far have been sellouts (5,284 seats plus 600 lawn seats). The fifth (July 24, Roberta Flack/Peabo Bryson) pulled a respectable 4,000 patrons. A recent (Aug. 1) gospel show top billed by Mary Mary sold twice as many tickets as in prior years. Overall, ticket sales at the Dell have doubled this year, and for the first time in memory patrons attempting to buy tickets the day of show have been turned away.
July 2, 2013 |
The first collaboration between keyboardist Bob James and saxophonist David Sanborn, 1986's Grammy-winning, platinum-selling Double Vision , was such a success that it's hard to believe the two smooth-jazz founding fathers took more than a quarter-century to reunite. The duo had never performed live together until their current tour, which brought them to the Keswick on Friday. "We're making up for lost time," James explained from the stage. At the same time, the duo made the surprising decision not to live in the past on their new CD, Quartette Humaine , which forgoes the keyboard-slathered smooth-jazz sound of their previous effort for a straight-ahead acoustic approach.
May 30, 2013 |
Jazz keeps getting more international, as this review of recent album releases shows. Top players are coming from Japan and even India - via the American diaspora. At the same time, Philadelphia artists continue to evolve. City native Christian McBride, the über bassist of his generation, continues his string of successes with a new release, while a SEPTA manager, Jawanza Kobie, gets into the act, too, with a credible CD and a release party scheduled June 21 at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
June 19, 2010
Music West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival Innovative jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding heads a lineup that includes George Duke, David Sanborn, Odean Pope, and Joey DeFrancesco. The West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival runs through Sunday on the 7100-7400 blocks of Ogontz Avenue. Free. For schedules, directions and parking, call 1-877-965-5299 or visit www.westoaklanefestival.com . Family The Great 12-Hour, River to River, Vine to Pine, Rain or Shine Tour of Philadelphia Use your feet to tour Philadelphia today as the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides conduct walking tours of the city from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
March 26, 1999 |
It was during a recording session for his latest album, Monk, Miles and Me (HighNote/Muse) that Larry Coryell cried for the first time in the studio. "We were playing [John Coltrane's] 'Naima,' and it was the defining moment of that day when we recorded that cut," Coryell said. "We did it in one take, and when we finished, tears started flowing from my eyes. It was the first time I had ever cried, except for when it was really bad. . . . It was so quiet in the studio. I was just blown away by the way everyone played it. We played it the way it was supposed to be played.
January 30, 1998 |
Dining with David Sanborn, of Power 99's popular Carter and Sanborn team, is a lot like watching a "Kung Fu" rerun on TV. He's full of East-meets-West wisdom. Like, for instance, the reason Chinese restaurants serve hot tea first is to aid digestion, he says. "We tend to drink a cold drink before we eat and have a cold salad," Sanborn explained, as he sipped some during a recent dinner at Cin Cin in Chestnut Hill, his favorite restaurant. "The cold is kind of a shock . . . while the warm allows the stomach to expand.
November 9, 1996 |
How many teenagers, first thing each school day, would spend an hour willingly listening to one of their parents talk? Grandvell Taylor, for one. Taylor, a 5-11, 170-pound senior with 4.4-second speed for 40 yards, is an impressive fullback and linebacker for Roxborough High's football team. His stepfather is David Sanborn, the co-host of Power 99's weekday morning "Carter & Sanborn Show. " "They're on from 5:30 to 10," Taylor said. "I usually listen for an hour before leaving for school.
June 17, 1994 |
ZINGALAMADUNI Arrested Development (Chrysalis) When Arrested Development debuted in 1992 with "3 Days, 5 Months and 2 Days in the Life Of . . . " it marked the beginning of a revolution in rap. No other hip-hoppers rapped like them. No other hip-hoppers sang like them. No other hip-hoppers looked liked them. Unlike many breakthrough pop acts that get ignored for years until the rest of the world catches up with them, A.D. got major props from jump, selling lots of records and winning lots of awards.
July 30, 1993 |
For a musician, it doesn't get much sweeter than this. At 47, Grammy Award- winning saxophonist David Sanborn, who performs Tuesday with singer Al Jarreau at the Mann Music Center, is at the top of his career. His solo albums get airplay on commercial radio stations. He does session work with the biggest acts in the business. He lives in New York City, where people ask him for his autograph in restaurants. How did it all begin? "I wanted to get girls," Sanborn says, somewhat bashfully.
October 31, 1991 |
With her cover-girl looks and a debut CD made partly by computer, you might expect saxophonist Candy Dulfer to be a studio creation of minor talent, a bimbo on alto. Not true. Dulfer played a mean alto that sounded more like nasty tenor, and her band of Dutch compatriots laid down some spirited funk, with traces of rhythm and blues, reggae, and even rap, on Tuesday at the Theater of Living Arts. Dulfer is no Charlie Parker, but neither is she just a lightweight parading her pulchritude.