December 10, 1989 |
It's possible, for example, to listen to Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" on oldies radio and appreciate the song without realizing how daring its message of racial harmony was when it was released in tumultuous 1968. It's possible to enjoy one of Miles Davis' mournful, muted trumpet solos and know nothing of what drove him to the sound. It's possible to get a vague feeling for Robert Johnson's circumstances by hearing his odd-bar blues, yet still to misunderstand his life and times.
March 31, 2000 |
Jazz? In church? On Good Friday? The Gabriels Jazz Band will swing into "Everything I Have Is Yours" and other songs during Good Friday services at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on April 21. The band, which will also play "Who Can I Turn To" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," is led by a cool, bluesy piano player known in the Philadelphia jazz scene as "the Padre. " And no wonder. He is the Rev. Warren Davis, 72, a retired Episcopal priest. "People tell us that they have found a new and deeper meaning in the words of these familiar songs," Father Davis said.
March 18, 2012
Inquirer popular music critic Dan DeLuca has been reporting from the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. See his dispatches, including photographs and videos, on his blog, "In the Mix," at .
April 29, 1999 |
Aldo A. Provenzano, 68, who went from South Philadelphia cello player to composer and arranger of pop music for such well-known performers as Al Martino, died Saturday at Virtua-West Jersey Hospital Marlton. He had lived in Cherry Hill for 28 years before moving to Marlton last month. Mr. Provenzano played cello in the South Philadelphia High School orchestra under director Jay Speck and later founded the Jay Speck Scholarship Foundation, which provides aid to alumni of the high school who pursue musical careers.
July 3, 1997 |
Throughout July, the Delaware County Summer Festival will continue its 22d annual celebration in Rose Tree Park with a play by a theater company, and local musicians playing show tunes and country and popular music. The Atlantic Brass Band, a British-style band that plays marches and popular music, will take the stage Wednesday. In the event of rain, the location will be Penncrest High School in Middletown off Route 352. The Rose Tree Shakespeare Company will put on Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors in a contemporary setting, a Southern California beach in the 1960s, next Thursday and July 11-12.
February 28, 1986 |
Like two slow-moving trains passing in a tunnel, the trumpets of Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis and 17-year-old Lorne Hammond answered each other yesterday, moaning blow for moaning blow. Hammond, a senior at Overbrook High School, was getting the benefit of a one-on-one lesson from Marsalis, one of the most versatile and honored young trumpet players around. Marsalis, whose jazz group won a Grammy Tuesday night, spent nearly three hours at Overbrook High School yesterday talking to students about music, signing autographs and kissing the cheeks of squealing young female students.
April 16, 2007
GONE ARE THE DAYS when, listening to popular music, you would only hear songs of love from the likes of James Ingram, Gloria Lynn, Nancy Wilson, Frank Sinatra, and I could go on and on. Also gone are the days when some people would enjoy themselves at places like Lawnside, partaking of good music and good food. What's now being offered are songs telling us to kill one another. Also, we hear a great deal about what foods, such as pork, not to eat. Perhaps if people could go back to enjoying life, this hatred and madness would stop.