April 24, 1990 |
It was the kind of pleasant weather that makes us want to shout, to kick up our heels or, like 4-year-old Carolynn Dussell of South Philadelphia, to sit among the dandelions in FDR Park and blow our horn. Look for more of the same today.
February 17, 1998 |
Deregulation of electricity has no detrimental effect on jazz. How else to explain the aurora borealis that lit up the finale of the 10th annual Peco Energy Jazz Festival on Sunday? The Roy Hargrove sextet's opening, 65-minute set gave honor to the word mainstream. Hargrove, 27, spoke not a word to the Annenberg Theater audience except to introduce his bandmates at the end. But his velvet tone on flugelhorn and trumpet spoke volumes. Hargrove, trombonist Ku-Umbwa Frank Lacy and alto saxophonist Sherman Irbey all made memorable forays and peppered each others' solos with sympathetic back-up licks.
March 26, 2011
A weeklong look at the 2011 Phillies. SUNDAY: Ryan Howard, first base. Monday: Chase Utley, second base. Tuesday: Jimmy Rollins, shortstop. Wednesday: Placido Polanco, third base. Thursday: Carlos Ruiz, catcher. PLUS: Special section on the Four Aces: Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. Friday: The outfielders, pitching staff, and bench; complete roster and schedule.
February 1, 1987 |
The horn is an instrument constrained by tradition and usage. Its role has been in hunting fanfares in earlier music and in long, soulful melodies in 19th-century works. The instrument has had trouble breaking out of these molds, but some recent records show efforts to find new identities. Richard Todd, young hornist who has played in orchestras but is now a free- lance musician based in California, has recorded music by Gunther Schuller, Erik Szekely, Charlie Parker, Jean Francaix and others (GM 2010)
December 29, 1995 |
Saxophonist John Doughten has been playing jazz for most of his 60 years. He's appeared all around the Philadelphia area in one group or another, as well as in Delaware and on Maryland's Eastern Shore. And a lot of people, including noted pianist Eddie Higgins, think Doughten is a pretty hot horn player. Last night, Doughten began a three-day engagement at Deetrick's Cafe & Bar, a new jazz spot in Jenkintown. Never heard of him? "Well, I never played professionally on a full-time basis," he said.
April 11, 2013 |
Nolan Miller, 73, of Haddonfield, whose ultrarefined sound led the legendarily blended French horn section of the Philadelphia Orchestra for several decades, died Sunday, April 7, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He had been battling leukemia and died of a stroke, said his wife, Marjorie. Mr. Miller joined the orchestra as coprincipal horn upon graduation from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1965 and assumed the principal horn spot in the 1978-79 season. He retired from the orchestra after four decades, in 2005.
March 21, 1995 |
The Hancock Chamber Players made a compelling case for the unusual on Saturday. The ensemble, which played in an intimate room at Abington Friends Meeting in Jenkintown, consists of oboist Lisa Kozenko, hornist Martin Webster and pianist Dana Burnett. This improbable combination doesn't enjoy a wide repertory. The trio, then, didn't program a performance as much as it cooked up one. What the musicians served the audience proved successful in every sense: three tasteful and skillfully crafted transcriptions for horn, oboe and piano; two gems, rescued from obscurity, for solo instruments and piano; and one group of three solo piano pieces by Debussy.
March 21, 2000 |
It is jarring to think that tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins is 69 years old. A mythic improviser, he has long defined athleticism on the horn, taking it to places that no one else could reach. Rollins cannot quite soar as he used to. At Glenside's Keswick Theatre on Saturday, he spent more time honking on one note a la Gene Ammons. His solos were briefer than in recent years, and he relied substantially on shaking his hips to convey his overall ardor. But if Rollins is grayer than before, so, perhaps, are his fans.
November 3, 1991 |
Enclosed is a sketch of an elk horn corkscrew. I'd appreciate any information you could give me about it and if you know who might want to buy it. I believe that you have what is known as a sideboard corkscrew, often presented as a gift at the turn of the century, and placed on the dining room sideboard. Generally decorated with silver, they sell for from $100 to $250. From your drawing it is impossible to tell the quality of yours. A photograph would have been better.
January 6, 1989 |
Conductor? Premier horn player? Barry Tuckwell says he stands with one foot on the podium - but without loosening his grip on the cantankerous instrument with which he has made an international career. When he appears tonight with the Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra at the Academy of Music, he will be working in both worlds. Even getting that one foot on the box represents a major step for the 57- year-old Tuckwell; for the musical public tends to insist on its heroes playing only a single role.