June 16, 2016 |
SOUL SINGER Joe Simon ("Drowning in the Sea of Love"), jazz bassist Gerald Robert Veasley and WDAS radio star Patty Jackson will be honored by Philadelphia International Records and the Phillies on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park. The ceremony, starting at 6:30 p.m., before the Phils beat the Diamondbacks, is part of the 13th annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration presented by The Sound of Philadelphia, in honor of Black Music Month. Legendary music producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will present the honorees with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award.
May 5, 2016 |
Barbara Daniel-Cox, 71, of Mount Airy, an educator, event producer, and political consultant, died Sunday, April 24, of a heart attack while shopping in Philadelphia. A 1962 graduate of West Philadelphia High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Cheyney University and a master's degree in education from Antioch University. Ms. Daniel-Cox worked at various times as executive director of the Mayor's Commission for Women, director of education for the Philadelphia Urban League, director of consultation and education for Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Center, and human relations specialist and teacher for the Philadelphia School District.
February 3, 2016 |
Life as we know it may have stopped during Winter Storm Jonas, but not for the Wilma Theater production of playwright Tom Stoppard's new work, The Hard Problem , or for its most striking cast member, saxophonist Michael Pedicin. The tall, bald, tan Pedicin marched down snowy Broad Street for weekend evening performances and Sunday's matinee. As he's done since Jan. 6, he appeared on stage, playing as scenes changed and characters considered their quandaries. "I'm one of those crazy people who enjoy snow in the city," Pedicin said between performances.
November 9, 2015 |
Back when the Latham was the Latham - the place to be - back when presidents and starlets strolled through the marble lobby, Joe Broderick was always there to open the door. He was hired as a doorman, but from the start, Broderick was always something closer to a concierge. Before all the big joints came to town, you had to stay at the Latham Hotel and you had to ask for Joe. Joe would take care of you. Whatever the situation. Restaurant reservations. Tickets to the latest show. Tickets to an Eagles game.
June 25, 2015 |
FINALLY, THERE may be life once again at the old Royal Theater on South Street near 16th, vacant and mostly neglected for more than 40 years. But the new life will come only after the planned demolition of the original building. The Royal was built in 1919 in the classical-revival style by architect Frank E. Hahn and opened in 1920 as one of the first movie theaters for Philadelphia's black residents. It also was an important performance venue for such musical talents as Fats Waller and Bessie Smith.
March 15, 2015 |
Introduced as interior designer for the 152-room SLS LUX Philadelphia Hotel, the iconic Phillipe Starck found it easy to strike the right chord with his audience of city movers and shakers. Turning to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the Frenchman thanked the recording impresarios for giving him "the kind of music that has allowed me to make good projects. " "This is my opportunity," Starck said of his first Philadelphia project, "to be able to pay my debt to you and your music," to which he listens as he designs.
February 13, 2015
AMONG THOSE who took in the touring production of "Motown The Musical" when it played the Academy of Music last month was Kenny Gamble , who, along with Leon Huff and Thom Bell , made the Philadelphia International Records label a music powerhouse in the 1970s. So, it was pretty much a no-brainer to ask Gamble about a "Motown"-style musical based on PIR's prodigious catalog of soul and R&B hits, universally tagged "The Sound of Philadelphia. " We are happy to report that Gamble answered in the affirmative.
August 17, 2014 |
Richard T. Genovese Sr., 78, of Hatfield, a longtime musician here and elsewhere, died Thursday, July 24, of a brain disorder at his home. Born in South Philadelphia, he graduated from Southern High School in 1954 and from the Curtis Institute of Music in 1957. Mr. Genovese played three instruments: tenor trombone, bass trombone, and the tuba. He performed at venues and theaters in Philadelphia, casinos in Atlantic City, and on Broadway in New York. At various times, he performed with vocalists Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, and Andrea Bocelli.
February 20, 2014 |
HEY, "Wake Up Everybody. " Sony Music Entertainment is about to put another major push behind the classic "Sound of Philadelphia. " And the timing couldn't be better, as the architects of our lush soul, pop, jazz and disco-fueled mega-music machine - Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff - gear up for their 50th anniversary as a production team this year. Sony has just announced a deal to market and distribute all the recordings made for Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International Records post-1975, after PIR broke away from the (now Sony owned)
December 18, 2013 |
The developer Carl E. Dranoff is partnering with Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment Group to build a 47-story, mixed-use luxury boutique hotel and condominium tower at Broad and Spruce Streets, across from the Kimmel Center, for more than $200 million. The 422,838-square-foot SLS International, which Dranoff said would be Pennsylvania's "tallest structure built for residential use," is being designed by New York-based architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, whose chairman, A. Eugene Kohn, is a Philadelphia native.