June 17, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter announced Monday that Wynton Marsalis, the jazz and classical musician, composer, and arts advocate, is the recipient of the 2015 Marian Anderson Award. Marsalis, winner of a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and honored with the National Medal of Arts, joins other recipients of the medal, including Sidney Poitier, Maya Angelou, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy Jr., and 2014 winner Jon Bon Jovi. He will accept the award at a gala concert Nov. 10 at the Kimmel Center.
January 3, 2014 |
CHICAGO has a branded, hometown-oriented jazz orchestra. Cleveland and Pittsburgh, too. So why doesn't our town - far richer than most in jazz history, heroes and students - have a rootin', tootin' Philadelphia-labeled ensemble to celebrate our riches, from the hey-days of Coltrane, Gillespie and Getz to the newest kids on the blocks? Come Tuesday, at long last, we will, as the 17-member, brass-heavy Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) makes its debut in gala (and hopefully fundraising)
June 17, 2013 |
Welcoming the audience to Verizon Hall on Saturday night, Wynton Marsalis promised, "We're going to have a good time swinging up in here tonight. " That's largely been the mission of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the last 25 years, and the 15-piece big band didn't deviate from that plan while celebrating its silver anniversary. When the orchestra began in 1988, Marsalis had emerged as the leader of the "young lions," a group of neoconservative young musicians determined to refocus jazz toward a time before the avant-garde experiments of the '60s and the fusion of the '70s steered the music away from its swing and blues-oriented roots.
March 15, 2013 |
Trombonist Angel "Papo" Vazquez has long credited music for rescuing him from the streets of North Philadelphia, where he grew up. The neighborhood around his home near Eighth Street and Indiana Avenue was divided by gang rivalries, which he strove to avoid. "Philadelphia was pretty segregated back then," Vazquez recalls. "I remember having to run from my house to my high school and back again before I got run out of the neighborhood. " But that uneasy intermingling of African American and Latino also contributed to Vazquez' love of jazz and of traditional Puerto Rican music.
March 19, 2012 |
YOU AIN'T heard nothing like "rockjazz" musician ELEW - the torrent of power and passion kicking out the jams tonight for the "Live from Loews" (hotel) monthly concert series. The press release bills it as an "intimate live performance. " Don't they know what they're really getting here? Standing/dancing at his Yamaha piano, with legs fanned out like a sumo wrestler and arms encrusted with metallic "vambrace" armor, the man truly attacks his keyboard. The left hand pounds bass lines with such fervor you'll never notice there's no drummer.
September 13, 2011 |
COUNTRY SUPERSTARS and a super blues/jazz combo are among the sounds that got our ears in this week's new releases batch. TWANG LITE: I'm not hearing anything quite as universally appealing as "Need You Now" on "Own the Night" (Capitol, B) , Lady Antebellum 's follow-up to their 2009 megahit. But the trio's country/pop-crossover fan base will find plenty that's sonically shiny, harmonious and otherwise agreeable. And please to note how tech-savvy they are, even including a QR code in the CD booklet leading smartphone users to the group's website.
May 30, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Talk show host Meredith Vieira; Taylor Swift performs. Two and a Half Men (9 p.m., CBS3) - An angry Jake goes to live with Judith and Herb after he discovers that Alan has been dating Lyndsey. Mike & Molly (9:30 p.m., CBS3) - Joyce's boyfriend, Vince, tries to befriend Mike. Breakout Kings (10 p.m., A&E) - Drug kingpin Carmen Vega escapes while attending her son's funeral and goes to work on a plan to reclaim the family business.
April 29, 2011 |
Something as dramatic and playful as the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts - a Francophile's dream - can't end with a whisper. It needs a blowout of epic proportions, one that embraces its Parisian theme and its Philadelphia base. This closing weekend's events on big stages include the cabaret based on the life of painter Marc Chagall's wife, Bella: The Color of Love , at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, as well as Rites, Rhythm . . . Riot! and its mix of vaudeville, opera, and dance at the Perelman Theater.
January 4, 2011 |
Charles Fambrough, 60, the Philadelphia-area jazz bassist and composer who earned an international reputation over a 40-year career as an elite sideman, performing with Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington Jr., and many others, died on Saturday, Jan. 1, of a heart attack. Mr. Fambrough died at his home in Allentown, his daughter Maria said Monday. He suffered from kidney failure and had been on dialysis for five years, she said. In December, the Philadelphia jazz community paid tribute to Mr. Fambrough at the Clef Club, at an event that he attended with his wife, Dolores.
May 21, 2010 |
POP We're thinking this weekend's Jerry Blavat's Legends of Doo Wop, a stroll down memory lane (and Broad Street), should be named just "The Legend. And Friends. " Groups like Tommy Mara and the Crests, Eugene Pitt and the Jive Five and The Trammps are ostensibly the headliners. But in our book the real star is Blavat himself. You'd never know from gawking at the fit fella, but "The Geator with the Heater" is celebrating 50 years in the music/DJ business. From the start, the motor-mouthed Blavat was an adventurous, color-blind music devotee, sharing his excitement and making believers of listeners.