June 5, 1987 |
F is for Friday and F is for free. And F is for 10 summer evenings of fine jazz by first-rate artists. It all begins at 7:30 tonight with F-for-Fritz Jones, a musician known and admired the wide world over as Ahmad Jamal, at the Penn's Landing pianoforte. Jamal is the opening gun for an array of internationally famous jazz talent that will include saxophonist Gary Bartz, the Russian expatriate trumpeter Valerie Ponomarev, the ex-Ellington vocalist Anita Moore, blues singer- pianist Mose Allison and the trumpet superstar Freddie Hubbard, and such favorites of Philadelphia jazz fandom as guitarist Steve Giordano, string virtuoso John Blake, pianist Sumi Tonooka and the fusion group Reverie.
December 1, 1987 |
Get out your handkerchiefs . . . and wallets: The Monday and Tuesday night After-Work-Get-Jazzed series at Jewel's jazz club is barely a couple of weeks old, but the No Cover policy already has gone the way of all good things. Tonight, those wanting to hear a trombone blast from Steve Turre will have to dish out $2. And a doubleheader next Monday and Tuesday nights featuring tenor saxophonist Garry Thomas and trumpeter Wallace Rooney will cost $3. Bill Mann, the owner, says that even with a full house of 70 customers, he just can't afford the freebies.
January 12, 2001 |
If Improvisational Philadelphia - free jazz, avant rock, ambient electronics - had a bible, Elliot Levin would be one of its principal authors. Since the '70s, the West Philadelphia native - as flutist, poet and tenor saxophonist raining down sheets of latter-day Coltranesque sound and Ornette Coleman-like "harmolodics" - has moved through music and performance art like St. Thomas, quietly preaching the gospel of the good (albeit weird) groove. Tonight, he'll put in some flute time with Cee Knowledge & the Cosmic Funk Orchestra at Upstage, where his group Deep Space Posse also helps open for Cee. (See Page 17)
September 5, 1994 |
The Dave Posmontier Quintet gets (from left) Steven White, Hunter Steel and Erin Steel up on their feet during yesterday's South Street Jazz Festival at Head House Square. Free jazz is on tap every Sunday afternoon this month.
October 15, 2012
John Tchicai, 76, a Danish saxophonist and pioneer of free jazz in Europe, died Oct. 8, said his former wife, Margriet Naber. No cause of death was given, but he had been in a coma since suffering a brain hemorrhage in June. Mr. Tchicai moved to New York in 1963 and cofounded the New York Contemporary Five with Archie Shepp. He later became a leading figure of the jazz avant-garde movement in Europe. He also played with John Coltrane, Milford Graves, Carla Bley, and Steve Swallow. Mr. Tchicai was born to a Danish mother and a Congolese father in Denmark.
March 5, 1996 |
Archie Shepp came on stage Sunday night looking more like another tenor saxophonist, Ben Webster. He wore a dark, three-piece, pin-striped suit, a black fedora and a deep tenor sax that warbled sweetly on ballads and delved nicely into free jazz. Either way, it made for a satisfying first set at the Blue Moon Jazz Club. Shepp began by demanding more vibrato from the sound system. When he got it, he extracted soulful beauty from the standard "Everything Happens to Me. " But most of the 75-minute set slammed up-tempo.
April 10, 2006 |
You have to experience John Medeski's piano to appreciate its brashness. It can be confounding, the riffs so at odds with their surroundings that they shock and jerk you out of a groove. Then he can pound out riffs from the African American tradition that blow all that pretentious smoke away. The dual nature of the trio Medeski Martin and Wood - part free jazz, part dance band - was much on display at the band's 90-minute show at the Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall on Friday night.
February 17, 1990 |
He sang, he stroked, he gamboled, and at his slightest move, a crew of caped musicians built to a roar or hushed to a whimper. One player put a burning torch to his arms and feet while another cavorted the length of the stage in a flowing yellow cloak. Welcome to the Sun Ra concert, an event for which the airlines should have given frequent-flier mileage. The two-hour extravaganza last night featured an ample helping of Sun Ra's eclectic music, merging swing, be-bop and free jazz in a swirling, carnival atmosphere.
June 28, 2010
Fred Anderson, 81, a tenor saxophonist who tied the bebop innovations of Charlie Parker to the explorations of later avant-garde musicians and who owned the Velvet Lounge, a South Side Chicago club known for fostering the careers of emerging players, died Thursday. Mr. Anderson was admitted to a hospital June 12 in Evanston, Ill., complaining of stomach pains. He suffered a heart attack June 14 and, afterward, his son Eugene told the Chicago Tribune, was comatose and unlikely to recover.
February 5, 1999 |
He may be a last-minute substitution (for laid-back vocalist Michael Franks), but many ticket holders should be delighted that saxophonist Gato Barbieri is now headlining the grand Valentine's Day finale of the Peco Energy Jazz Fest at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Feb. 14. His presence means the event will go out with a high-energy, rhythmically charged bang, with one of the most entertaining, gregarious and just plain zesty saxophone blowers...