August 22, 2011
DEAD PLAY SPECTRUM?! What are we smoking? The just-out, three-CD set "Grateful Dead Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 4" (Rhino/dead.net) with Ben Franklin gracing the cover. Boasts the complete 4/6/82 show in South Philly, plus highlights from the night before. JAZZ POPS THE DELL Rachelle Ferrell brings it all back home, on a full bill with kindred jazz/pop troupe Tizer (Lao Tizer, Chieli Minucci, Karen Briggs) plus Angela Winbush. Dell East Music Center, Ridge Avenue and Huntingdon Drive, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $25-$40, 215-685-9566, www.mydelleast.com . ARTFUL URBAN LIFE "Urbanism: Reimagining the Lived Environment," is five artists' interpretations of our city's grittier visages.
April 20, 2011
THIS YEAR'S CONCERT SEASON, called the "Essence of Entertainment," will run from July 7 to Aug. 25. The 2011 Dell summer concert series is as follows: July 7: Angie Stone and Joe July 14: Stephanie Mills and Keith Washington July 21: The Delfonics, Jerry Butler, Jean Carne, the Jones Girls, Russell Thompkins and the Stylistics July 28: Ginuwine, Tank and Avant Aug. 4: Fred Hammond and Martha Munizzi Aug.11: Jeffrey...
April 20, 2011 |
The list of headliners slated for this year's summer concert series at the Dell Music Center "don't get any better than this," Mayor Nutter said yesterday when he announced the lineup. Jerry Butler, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Angie Stone, Ginuwine, Joe, Marsha Ambrosius and Rachelle Ferrell will headline shows at the East Fairmount Park venue from July 7 to Aug. 25. Three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer Nancy Wilson and jazz saxophonist Najee will kick off the concert season at the Dell on June 23 with an "Evening of Elegance.
August 8, 2010
Sunday Philly singers Berwyn's Rachelle Ferrell brings her mix of jazz and soul, and East Oak Lane's Vivian Green adds her retro-soul stylings when the two team up at 7:30 p.m. at the Keswick Theatre , Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside. Tickets are $45 and $55. Call 215-572-7650. Monday Back to the roots Afro-Peruvian singer Susana Baca explores the traditions of her homeland in poetry and music, with a quiet intensity. She performs at 7:30 p.m. at World Cafe Live , 3025 Walnut St. Tickets are $27 and $37. Call 215-222-1400.
August 6, 2010
In Concert 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-348-7000. www.boardwalkhall.com . Black Eyed Peas. $49.50-$92.50. 8/7. 7:30 pm. 9 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-864-4303. www.brynmawrtwilightconcerts.com . Fred Hall Dixieland Jazz Band. $10; free 16 & under. 8/7. 7 pm. 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; 610-388-6221. www.chaddsford.com . Summer Nights Under the Stars Outdoor Concert Series. $22. 8/6. 251 Beach Ave., Cape May; 888-944-1816. www.congresshall.
March 2, 2003 |
Blue Note Records executive Bruce Lundvall was so stunned when he first heard jazz singer Rachelle Ferrell's demo tape while driving that "I pulled off the road. I listened to it from beginning to end. " "I'd never heard anyone like this in my entire life," said Lundvall, who quickly signed Ferrell, a Berwyn native and 1979 graduate of Conestoga High, to Blue Note Records for jazz and to Capitol Records for R&B in the early 1990s. In a few months, she was performing at jazz festivals in Switzerland and Japan, where she "completely destroyed the audience," he said.
May 28, 2002 |
Rachelle Ferrell doesn't like it when anyone, including her own record company, calls her a jazz singer. And indeed, as she showed in a homecoming show at the Keswick Theatre on Sunday night, her repertoire draws from many sources - including some that seem to be from other dimensions. Still, Ferrell is very much a jazz singer. She just doesn't sing jazz that often. But she has the musicianship, the adventurous and playful spirit, and the passion - Lord, she's got the passion - of a virtuosic jazz musician.
January 16, 2001 |
Rachelle Ferrell performed on a Sunday night, so it made sense that she would turn her Theatre of Living Arts show into a revival meeting. The Berwyn native, whose life has taken her on many journeys, focused the first of her two sets on spirituality. Ferrell has been out of circulation for eight years, during which she has transformed her outlook, her appearance and her place of residence (now New Mexico). Throughout her Capitol disc Individuality (Can I Be Me?), still number two on the Billboard contemporary jazz chart after four months, Ferrell uses her elastic, wide-range voice to put forth a holistic, New Age world view, referring to her own growth process and emphasizing the resilience of the human spirit.
October 1, 2000 |
It seemed as if Rachelle Ferrell, she of the reputed six-octave range and a slew of minor hits, had dropped off the earth. Eight years after her eponymous Capitol Records debut, the Berwyn native, to paraphrase another female jazz singer with R&B overtones, had been away way too long. The woman with the melodious, rhyming name underwent a lot of changes during her extended hiatus. How she looks, what she eats, the way she dresses, where she lives and, most important, the way she looks at life.
September 8, 2000 |
Talk about integrity and honesty in music with singer Rachelle Ferrell, and you understand why it's taken eight years for her to release a new album. "I'm not willing to do anything just to get back on the charts," said Ferrell, while preparing to lay into a breakfast of home-style potatoes and Belgian waffles in the Azalea restaurant at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park. "That's not my goal. I want something that touches, that moves me and be able to show that. " So on Tuesday "Individuality (Can It Be Me?