July 22, 2015 |
Since forming the duo called Archer Spade in 2010, trombonist Dan Blacksberg and guitarist Nick Millevoi have presented music on a fairly regular basis - but in the past, their efforts have been all about them. Their 2012 Commissioning Series featured new compositions written for them by composers Gene Coleman, Dave Soldier, and Johnny DeBlase, while their sporadic Performance Series rarely hosted a concert that didn't include Archer Spade or one of the pair's numerous other projects.
March 28, 2015 |
Kids can party Mardi Gras-style Saturday with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards. Enjoy sounds from the Crescent City with this New Orleans jazz band. The musicians' high-energy show, blending different sounds, ranging from zydeco to bebop to swing will keep youngsters and their caretakers dancing. Jazzy Ash infuses some of her Trinidadian background in her grooves, so get ready to boogie. WXPN's Kids Corner, the Fids and Kamily Awards, and Metro Kids magazine all honored Jazzy Ash's 2014 album, Home , in year-end lists.
March 13, 2015 |
In the middle of Jazmine Sullivan's sold-out show Tuesday at the Theatre of Living Arts, she asked her family to make some noise - and met with screams from the entire venue. "There's a lot of y'all!" she said with a laugh. And the R&B songstress' show was a family affair. Despite the red smoke, backup singers, and jazz band, there was a sense of intimacy, of being in her hometown. Family, fans, and fellow artists such as rapper Chill Moody and neo-soul duo the Kindred Family Soul, all Philly natives, were in the audience.
February 5, 2013 |
As 16-year-old Alex Wood plays the jazz standard "Misty" on the piano, bassist Buster Williams hangs on every note. But it is the absence of sound he is listening for. "Allow the space and the air in the music to be part of the improvisation," says Williams - brow furrowed, bass resting on his shoulder - in the auditorium of Abington Friends School. Williams, 70, is a living legend of jazz, a sideman who has jammed with the likes of Miles Davis, Count Basie, Herbie Hancock, Sarah Vaughan, and Nancy Wilson.
October 26, 2012 |
At a glance last week, the flutes on the luncheon tables at the National Constitution Center didn't hold much promise. They were brimming with bubbly, all right. But it had a suspiciously marigold hue. And it was hard to ignore, beneath the servers' swaddling napkins, the labels on the bottles they were pouring. It was, ahem, Martinelli's (explicitly nonalcoholic!) Sparkling Cider. For the curtain-raiser, for goodness sake, for the center's ambitious exhibition "American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition"!
September 26, 2012
Jose Curbelo, 95, the Latin jazz bandleader, agent, and promoter who helped popularize the cha-cha-cha in the United States and made Tito Puente a star, died Friday of heart failure in Aventura, Fla. Mr. Curbelo was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Havana, where his American-born father played violin with the Havana Philharmonic Orchestra. "He was the last of the pioneers of the Latin jazz band era," said Freddy Montilla, whose father, Fernando Montilla, owned Montilla Records and was Mr. Curbelo's friend.
February 24, 2012 |
Now that the Super Bowl and Grammys are out of the way, movie lovers nationwide are gearing up for their TV spectacle. And in Philly, cinephiles need not celebrate the Oscars alone. Flyers legends, celebrity impersonators, and open bars await them this year. Oscar night is Sunday - 6ABC's red-carpet show for the 84th Academy Awards will begin at 7 p.m. - but a full weekend of Oscar fun begins Friday with last-minute re-screenings, pre-parties, and big-screen simulcasts. For those looking to catch up on some of the best-picture contenders, Friday could be the night to screen Steven Spielberg's War Horse or the youth odyssey The Tree of Life - or to spend some time with Hollywood's handsomest leading men, watching Brad Pitt in the baseball movie Moneyball and George Clooney in the tropical family drama The Descendants.
January 20, 2012 |
Chucho Valdés! You're coming with your Afro-Cuban Messengers to the Merriam Theater at the Kimmel Center on Thursday. You're a son of Cuban music royalty: Your dad, Bebo, now 93, is a pianist-god of the Cuban golden age. You're a driving force behind Irakere, the jazz band that woke the world to Afro-Cuban jazz. You've made music with many stars in the jazz cosmos, and your 2010 album, Chucho's Steps, won the Grammy last year for best Latino jazz album. The thing truly smokes.
June 14, 2011 |
While we're a week away from summer, musicians are already on the case with new collections designed to see you through the heat - emotional as well, um Fahrenheital. FRANKS SPEAKING: Nobody is capturing the moment in breezier fashion than jazz-attuned popster Michael Franks with "Time Together" (Shanachie, A-) . Not much has changed in his sound orschtick through the years, except now Frank is singing with a certain nostalgic air on sunny, bossa-nova flavored ditties like "One Day in St. Tropez" or the touching "If I Could Make September Stay," his variation on Sinatra's hit "September of My Years.
June 6, 2011 |
SOMERSET, Pa. - Former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum formally kicked off his campaign for president Monday, offering himself as a tested leader with the "courage to fight for freedom . . . to fight for America" against an expanding social-welfare state centered in Washington. He spoke from the steps of the Somerset County Courthouse, flanked by his wife, Karen and seven children, with several hundred followers packed in amid balloons, flags and a jazz band - an old fashioned political rally from an earlier time, before politicians announced for president on Facebook and Twitter.