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October 14, 1992 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A lot of musicians take time during concerts to thank radio stations for playing their music. But when Philadelphia native Rachelle Ferrell did it Monday at the Chestnut Cabaret, the exercise took on a life of its own. Showing excellent command of her voice, Ferrell swung wildly from joyous and anguished cries to deep, sensuous growls to a distinctive, quasi-chordal yodel that recalled Leon Thomas and Zulu music. The vehicle? Not a song, but the list of the radio personalities' names.
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June 15, 1994 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Local favorites Rachelle Ferrell and Phyllis Hyman are two of the performers headlining the Dell East this summer. The city's Department of Recreation has released the schedule for its 1994 "Essence of Entertainment" series of concerts and special events. There will be shows scheduled on 20 days between June 28 and August 26, events that will provide the usual mix of gospel, R&B, and jazz concerts, ethnic festivals and other activities. While the number of events at the open-air theater in Fairmount Park has declined in past years, this year's schedule offers two more events than last year's.
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February 10, 1993 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are a few things Rachelle Ferrell would like you to know. She's not a jazz singer. She's not an R&B singer. She is both. She's far more interested in composing music than performing it. And her voice? The precise, colorful, 6 1/2-octave gift so many have raved about? "It's an instrument," she says matter-of-factly. It's an instrument. And a Mercedes-Benz is a car. Philadelphians have known about Ferrell for quite a while: She has been singing around here since she was 13 and performing at local churches and sacred-music shows.
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March 2, 2003 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
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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...
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May 28, 2002 | By Kevin L. Carter FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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September 8, 2000 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
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?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 1993 | By Karl Stark, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Stanley Clarke had only his trio at the Keswick Theatre on Wednesday night, but it was more than enough for the flame-throwing the native Philadelphian had in mind. Whether strutting across the stage or coaxing a sideman to the point of musical frenzy, the bespeckled bassist, now 43, cut a dashing figure as he played material that ranged from his classic School Days album to his most recent East River Drive. At times, Clarke slapped at his bass as if he were whipping a horse down the home stretch.
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January 16, 2001 | By Kevin L. Carter, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
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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.
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April 20, 2011 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
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.
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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...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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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.
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March 2, 2003 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
May 28, 2002 | By Kevin L. Carter FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2001 | By Kevin L. Carter, FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2000 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 8, 2000 | by Al Hunter Jr., Daily News Staff Writer
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?
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