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September 5, 2004 | By Valerie Reed INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A four-hour recording session with 18 young performers led to the production of To All Our Friends . . ., a CD showcasing the talents of the jazz band at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Middletown Township. The seven selections on the CD, available at the middle school for $5, include "Embraceable You" and "Sing, Sing, Sing. " "This was without a doubt in my 17-year career the best jazz band I've had," said Paul Morris, Sandburg's director of instrumental music. During the 2003-04 school year, the 17 instrumentalists and one vocalist - all sixth- through ninth-graders - performed at Philadelphia-area jazz festivals and played at Tamanend Park in Southampton.
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June 9, 1991 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
The sound of jazz performed by Abstract Truth is scheduled to open the 17th season of the annual Delaware County Summer Festival at Rose Tree Park next Sunday. Under the direction of John Vanore, Abstract Truth is a new band from Eddystone performing at the festival for the first time, according to Marion Nelson, county director of special events. She said the band was one of several new musical presentations planned for the summer concert series. "We are going to have Sunday Comics, a local stand-up comic group; we never had comedians before.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 1993 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They traded licks with Grover Washington Jr. They won the chance to fly to Los Angeles, miss eight days of school, attend the Grammy Awards presentation, hang out with the stars at the parties afterward and record as members of a student all-star jazz band conducted by Branford Marsalis. So what else could Orrin Evans and Ben Vinci hope for? They're also going to Disneyland! Evans, 17, a pianist from Mount Airy, and Vinci, 16, a saxophonist from Southwest Philadelphia, were named members of the Grammy All-American High School Jazz Band at a ceremony for city school music students held yesterday at Baldi Middle School in Northeast Philadelphia.
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April 21, 1991 | By Bryon Kurzenabe, Special to The Inquirer
Long after the school day has ended and the evening students have left, jazz riffs - both tender and trenchant - reverberate along an empty corridor in the west wing of the Willingboro High School. Cool, urban strains intermingle with the pliant tones of contemporary ballads, providing a sometimes wild, always innovative sound that is supplanted the next morning with the cacophony of slamming lockers, raised voices and two thousand shuffling feet. The melodies sound foreign in an environment dominated by rap and rock 'n' roll.
NEWS
September 29, 1990 | By Francis Davis, Special to The Inquirer
There are two kinds of art: religious and circus. - Daniel Day-Lewis as Christy Brown in My Left Foot During an interview from his Brooklyn apartment last week, Henry Threadgill found himself at a loss for words when pressed to describe Very, Very Circus, the new, seven-piece band he is bringing to town tonight for two shows at the Painted Bride Art Center. Well, then, how is the Very, Very Circus different from the Henry Threadgill Sextett, the lusty outfit that disbanded last year and was considered by some to have been the quintessential jazz band of the '80s?
NEWS
February 15, 1987 | By Will Thompson, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before he became director of music for Widener University in 1975, John Vanore made a living mostly by playing trumpet in popular big bands, especially those of Woody Herman and Louis Bellson. And Vanore will tell you that he has always been a jazz player, that the music is important to him and that he never passes up an opportunity to put on his tux and play with the Valley Forge Music Fair Orchestra whenever Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Tony Bennett or other popular performing artists are scheduled to play there.
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August 21, 2000 | By Heather N. Bandur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Jeff Lesser, the director of the Willingboro High School Jazz Band, introduced his band's second-to-last piece, "The End of a Love Affair," with a question. "Isn't that [title] appropriate for today?" asked Lesser, who is stepping down after 15 years to direct the jazz and studio bands at Princeton High School. Yesterday, hundreds of people gathered in Mill Creek Park to see the director and band perform together for one last time at the Willingboro Jazz Festival. After the performance, Lesser's students - many fighting back tears - crowded around him on stage.
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July 2, 1998 | By Michelle Crouch, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Roy Hough, 61, a Cherry Hill music teacher for 26 years who was passionate about jazz, died last week at his Shamong Township home of a heart attack. Mr. Hough was the director of the jazz band, the symphonic band and the freshman wind ensemble at Cherry Hill High School East. He also taught music theory. Born and raised in Camden, Mr. Hough lived in New York before moving to Cherry Hill in 1972. He taught at Cherry Hill High School West until 1980, when he began teaching at East.
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February 22, 2006 | By Kristen A. Graham INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yeah, they're hot stuff. Fresh from their national triumph, the 25 musicians of the Pennsauken High Jazz Ensemble were still dealing yesterday with the reality of the wow of their win. As in: They are kind of the best jazz band in the country. They went to the largest national high school jazz festival, at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and won the whole shebang this month. Pennsauken has circumstances that many of the 220 other schools in the competition don't have to contend with.
NEWS
May 18, 1997 | By Michelle Crouch, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It was a strange year for the Overbrook Senior High School jazz band, Camden County's legendary assembly of young Charlie Parkers-to-be. The group had a new director, Pat Spino, who took over last fall when the much-loved Bill Garton retired. It had a pack of new freshmen, eager to learn but lacking experience. And the band was consistently placing second, behind Pennsauken High School, in regional competitions. Last month, Spino decided it was time for another change. Two weeks before the state competition, he replaced a funky, flashy song the band had been playing all year with a complicated classic it hadn't quite gotten down.
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April 29, 2016 | By Kathy Boccella, Staff Writer
When the Big Easy calls, a true jazzman cannot refuse - even if he's in the throes of diaper changes and midnight feedings of his 2-week-old, first-born daughter. With North Penn High School's award-winning Navy Jazz Band slated to perform at the venerated New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival this week, on a main stage - a first-ever honor for a school ensemble from outside the Crescent City - band director David DiValentino knew he had to put paternity leave on hold. His wife, he said, commanded him to "Go!
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, MUSIC CRITIC
Lushlife is on top of the world. Or at least Raj Haldar, the Philadelphia rapper and producer who records under that name, is, perched on a window seat overlooking Center City from the 19th-floor bar at the Bellevue Philadelphia just a few days before his breakthrough album Ritualize (***) was to be released on the Western Vinyl label. Born on the day MTV was launched - Aug. 1, 1981 - Haldar is talking about growing up in Glen Ridge in Essex County in North Jersey, playing drums and writing arrangements in a high school jazz band (with future Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig on saxophone)
NEWS
January 6, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Jim Kenney celebrated his inauguration as the city's 99th mayor Monday evening in a huge atrium of the Convention Center that was filled with songs from the 1960s and '70s, and featured dancing mascots, colored spotlights, and 1,500 people. "How do you like the block party?" Kenney asked to cheers. "No black tie, no gowns. We're good, we all come from neighborhoods, we know how it is. " The block party-theme celebration, necessarily indoors on a 33-degree evening, felt more like a megabar mitzvah and wrapped up around 8 p.m. after about 21/2 hours.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
March 13, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 5, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
October 26, 2012 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
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"!
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2012 | By Matt Huston, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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