October 2, 1988 |
Fingering his golden saxophone with the familiar touch of a lover, Joe Fortunato looked fondly at the instrument, smiled to himself and looked around to the rest of the band. "How about a little bit of blues?" said the 58-year-old bandleader as the light over the bandstand brightened his thinning white hair. "Okay, B flat. A-one, a-two, a-one, two, three. " Mike Anthony, 50, a smiling, round-faced musician with a gravelly Louis Armstrong voice, kicked in on the drums, and Eddie Gaines, 68, who was filling in for regular jazz organist John DeFrancesco, chimed in on the Hammond B-3 organ.
April 18, 2007 |
Zanzibar Blue, arguably the city's best-known jazz venue, plans to close April 29 after more than 10 years downstairs at the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut Streets. Robert Bynum, who owns Zanzibar Blue with his brother, Benjamin Jr., said yesterday that the lease was up and that although he was satisfied with the building and location, "we didn't think it was in our best interests to renew. We'd rather own [our] building than lease. " He said the new lease would have nearly doubled the rent, which he declined to disclose.
January 8, 1995 |
Jazz I, the cafe and nightclub that opened on East Main Street about a month ago, serves no alcohol. But don't draw any conclusions about its owner from that. "Some people mistakenly think I'm in recovery when they hear we're non- alcoholic. But it's not even about that," said Theresa Keeys, 28. ". . . I wanted us to focus more on music and fine dining. "A lot of people come in here and order non-alcoholic wine, and they say they get a buzz. But I really think it's the atmosphere - the relaxation, the music.
October 29, 2004 |
Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry, pleaded with African American ward leaders and Democratic heavyweights at a jazz club in the city last night: "My husband needs your help desperately. " "Not just on Tuesday," she told the crowd at Zanzibar Blue on Broad Street. "He needs your help to get things straightened out in this country. It's going to take all of us to do the job. " Before Heinz Kerry arrived, about 100 Democratic Party leaders ate dinner and cajoled one another into getting out the vote.
June 16, 1991 |
Some of the cultural amenities for which people live in cities are in short supply in Philadelphia. Oh, we have galleries and museums, a world-class orchestra and active pop- music and theater scenes. But this town could use a few more wide-screen movie palaces and at least a single big-name jazz club. Philadelphia also lacks even one of the intimate boites referred to in show-biz circles as "singers' rooms. " On that count, this year's Mellon PSFS Festival is a reminder of what we've been missing.
March 12, 2002 |
Wilhelm Frederick "Billy" Krechmer, 92, a clarinetist whose name once was synonymous with jazz in Philadelphia, died yesterday of heart failure at Sunrise Assisted Living in Paoli. Born in Millville, Cumberland County, Mr. Krechmer had long resided in Longport, N.J. He also had lived in West Philadelphia. Mr. Krechmer recorded with Herb Gordon's band and toured with the Ted Lewis Orchestra during the big-band era, but in Philadelphia he was known for the jazz club he owned, operated, and served as band leader for nearly 30 years.
January 16, 1994 |
When Main Street Manager James Flaherty looks at Ambler, he sees the Old City section of Philadelphia: jazz, art, theater, nightlife. At least, that's what he sees when he thinks about how things could be. Wishful thinking has driven Flaherty to consider how to bring the arts to Ambler, and how to spark a cultural renaissance centered in the now-closed Ambler Cabaret on East Butler Avenue. Flaherty and the Spirit of Ambler Committee - a group dedicated to revitalizing downtown - are talking about a project that will take the 15,000- square-foot Cabaret building and turn it into a complex containing such attractions as a 60- to 80-seat jazz club and an art gallery.
June 26, 2003 |
William C. Leslie, 78, of Sellersville, a saxophonist with the Louis Jordan Band and the founder of the Philadelphia Clef Club, died of a heart attack Saturday at Grand View Hospital in West Rockhill Township. Mr. Leslie, born and reared in Media, graduated from Media High School in 1941 and was an electrician's apprentice at the Philadelphia Naval Yard when World War II broke out. Mr. Leslie enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served stateside, in Fort Meade, Md., until being discharged in 1944 because of an eye injury.
November 17, 1987 |
It's a lonely street, North Broad Street. Stores stare blankly into the night, their doors locked, the window gates drawn. The sidewalks are empty. There's plenty of free parking. And then there's Jewel's, a single-story wooden building two blocks north of Spring Garden Street, at 679 N. Broad St. Brightly-colored, handpainted signs blanket the door and window. Music pours onto the street. Jewel's is a jazz club and bar. Until now, top-name musicians played there on Fridays and Saturday nights, usually for a $10 ticket.
February 11, 1988 |
Three guesses: Hmmmmm. Ooooooo. That's right. UhHuh. Yeah. YEAH. YEAH!!!! We're where? Wrong. Naughty, naughty. This is a family newspaper. Give up? OK. These moans, groans and sweeps-off-the-feet took place the other night at a jazz show at Si! Ristorante, the newish Italian restaurant at 212 Walnut St., former home of the deceased City Bites. The visuals matched the sound effects. Yep, there were gyrations, vibrations and much shaking of all that shakes - all without leaving the chair.