May 18, 2010 |
IT'S A special treat to uncover buried treasure from a musical artist you care about and have been missing dearly. This week, we're really hitting the mother lode - with multiple record labels hauling out newly unearthed gems. GROVER GOLD: Topping the archaeological digs, "Grover Live" (G-Man Productions/Lightyear, A-) capturing the now 10 years gone king of Philly soul-jazz Grover Washington Jr. in a snappy, swinging concert performance from June 1997. Recorded on two-track digital audio tape (DAT)
December 4, 2009 |
Donald Washington Sr., 79, a well-known Philadelphia-area jazz saxophonist and retired Food Fair worker from Haddon Heights, died of lung cancer Tuesday at home. Mr. Washington was born in West Philadelphia and raised in Southwest Philadelphia. In 1948, he graduated from Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School, where he excelled in swimming and played varsity basketball. Food Fair Services employed him as a warehouse worker at 10th Street and Pattison Avenue in South Philadelphia from 1965 to 1990.
January 17, 2009 |
Brenda J. Bodner, 49, a mother of four and a dedicated Philadelphia middle school teacher with an angelic voice, died Tuesday at her house in the Burlhome section of Northeast Philadelphia. Ms. Bodner, who taught science at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School, stayed home Monday and died in her sleep the next day, said her father, Bruce Bodner. "She had told me she might have the stomach flu," he said. The cause of death is pending until medical test results are complete, Jeff Moran, spokesman for the Philadelphia medical examiner, said yesterday.
April 19, 2007 |
Asked to stand if they had ever buried a friend or family member who had been murdered, one in four eighth graders at a Philadelphia middle school gathering yesterday rose from their seats. Five were still standing when asked if they had lost three or more. Among them was Aneisah Scott, 15. The moment was overpowering for her, seeing so many of her classmates standing. There was Christopher Herd, 15, who said he had lost six people close to him, including an uncle shot in the head, a baby cousin murdered, an aunt strangled by her boyfriend, and a friend raped and killed.
June 29, 2006 |
In a bold project, a class of Philadelphia eighth graders explored the violence and pain in their world through shared diaries, revealing their feelings and fears in a transforming experience. In a five-part series, The Inquirer chronicles their six-month journey. Friday, June 2 - Thirteen-year-old Jeremiah Robinson has a surprise for his teacher, "a big surprise. " "Not heart-attack or stroke surprise," the short, solemn teen insists. "I will read today," Jeremiah announces.
June 26, 2006 |
In a bold project, a class of Philadelphia eighth graders explored the violence and pain in their world through shared diaries, revealing their feelings and fears in a transforming experience. In a five-part series, The Inquirer chronicles their six-month journey. Thursday, March 2 - Fourteen-year-old Benjamin Jones has never told his classmates - or anyone else - how he feels about his father. Like nearly a third of the students, Benjamin has had little contact with the man who gave him life.
August 20, 2005 |
Less than a week before West Philly native and jazz-fusion bassist Gerald Veasley is set to perform at World Cafe Live, he's off to Europe for a quick gig. "I'll be ready come Sunday. I play everywhere people want to hear me when I can," Veasley says. That's the life of the musician who has just released his seventh album, Gerald Veasley at the Jazz Base! (An eighth album, Heads-up Super Band, was recorded under his leadership.) It's his first live album. Hailed by critics, At the Jazz Base was recorded last year at the club he owns in Reading.
December 11, 2004 |
About 50 people turned out last night to hear a panel of community and law enforcement officials, including District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham and Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson, discuss gang violence in the city at a town meeting in Olney. The Community Intervention Summit, as the two-day session at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School is called, was launched to deal with the violence surrounding the city's youth. So far this year, 27 Philadelphians 17 or younger have died in violent attacks.
September 19, 2004 |
Who needs nostalgia? For a jolt of Philadelphia's jazz heyday, drop by Natalie's Lounge for Saturday night jams, when there's no cover or pretense, cold Buds cost $2.50, and the tiny bandstand cooks with a cast of characters that ranges, as organist Rich Budesa puts it, "from Yale to jail. " Tony Smith's on trumpet, a hard-blowing barrel of a man who daylights as vice principal of a Wilmington high school. Tenor giant Donald Washington, at 73, is the elder statesman, a retired Food Fair worker from New Jersey.
July 21, 2004 |
When Grover Washington Jr. and Jeff Lorber were in their '70s and '80s salad days, folks called their music fusion. Those players, and others who came after, made their living with sounds steeped deeply in jazz but including elements of more commercial genres. It wasn't easy being a pioneer. On Monday night, decades after the advent of Washington's music and five years after his untimely death, keyboardist Lorber and three of Washington's musical heirs came together at the Dell East to celebrate and shed light on the career of the unique Philadelphia saxophonist.