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~ as heard through the ear of Will Smith Sr. as he travels through the City of Brotherly Love. Here you will find information on artists he has worked with, met and recorded. Plus artists bio's, sound clips, video's, pictures and more...
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|| The Jazz Bridge second Wednesdays, Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion--2110 Chestnut Street in Center City Philadelphia--presents bassist Nimrod Speaks, Wednesday, December 11. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Nimrod Speaks is a virtuoso bassist—and a composer and educator—who is equally fluent on electric and acoustic bass, and is as comfortable with classical music as he is with jazz. Holding as Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from Rutgers University, Speaks studied with giants such as Conrad Herwig, Mike Richmond and Stanley Cowell and has worked extensively with any number of regional and national giants, including Bootsie Barnes and Doc Gibbs, and the acclaimed Ronnie Burrage. On this performance, he’ll be accompanied by pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly on piano and drummer Khary Shaheed.
Nimrod Speaks is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Dylan Taylor’s CD release party of
"Sweeter for the Struggle"
|| Jazz Bridge, a Philadelphia nonprofit that aids professional jazz and blues musicians living and working in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area who are in crisis, will be giving its annual “Making a Difference” award this year to jazz educator and mentor Lovett Hines from the Philadelphia Clef Club of the Performing Arts. Hines will receive the award, which comes with a $250 prize, in recognition of his exemplary devotion to teaching generations of jazz players who are now—or will shortly become—stars of the jazz world.
The award, along with a short film about Hines, will open a fundraiser for Jazz Bridge being held at the Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, on Friday, Dec. 13th, which will feature master jazz bassist Dylan Taylor’s CD release party of “Sweeter for the Struggle,” which features guitarist Larry Coryell, a special guest at this event. Jazz Bridge, the region’s non-profit devoted to assisting area jazz and blues musicians in need, will receive 15% of every ticket sold. Tickets are $30, doors open at 7:30 and the show begins at 8 p.m. For advance tickets, visit paintedbride.org/events/dylantaylor. Info: 215-517-8337.
Taylor has assembled a true, all-star band for this event, including the legendary Coryell, pianist Tom Lawton, drummer Craig McIver, saxophonist Bobby Zankel and trumpeter Bob Meashey. Additional guest stars will be announced.
For more info: 610-745-3011
Randy Sarles and Kelly Meashey
||The Jazz Bridge third Wednesdays, Neighborhood Concerts Series in Media at the Unitarian Universalist Church—145 West Rose Tree Road in Media—presents guitarist Randy Sarles and singer Kelly Meashey on Wednesday, December 18. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Randy Sarles has been a professional guitarist since the age of 13, and through the years, has backed dozens of major pop stars, and jazz-wise, among many others, has performed with the legendary Herb Ellis. A full-time teacher since 1972, he heads Sarles Music in Collegeville, PA. In addition to her superb talents as a jazz singer, Kelly Meashey is a noted music educator, board-certified music therapist and in-demand lecturer. As a vocalist, she’s worked just about every major jazz festival in the area. Stylistically, she covers the gamut, from powerful soul to straight-ahead swing. “One of the best-kept secrets in Philadelphia,” said the Trenton Times. Sarles and Meashey—who have recorded extensively as a duo, including “The Inner Urge” for Dreambox Media-- will be joined by Meashey’s talented brothers, trumpeter Bob and bassist Steve.
Randy Sarles and Kelly Meashey are available for interviews: 610-745-3011
||The Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts--439 Ashbourne Road in Cheltenham--presents bassist Ed Wise and his New Orleans Jazz Band on Thursday, January 2. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
As a bassist, bandleader and arranger, Wise has a wealth of experience in both mainstream and traditional jazz, having worked with artists ranging from Red Garland and Al Hirt to Herb Ellis and Mose Allison. Wise came to Philadelphia in the wake of hurricane Katrina, after spending a dozen years in New Orleans, and formed his New Orleans Jazz Band, which has become one of the most popular attractions on the East Coast traditional jazz circuit. And his Jazz Bridge appearances have often been near sell-outs. Members of the NOJB are trumpeter Stan Slotter, clarinetist Charley Salinger, trombonist Fred Scott, pianist Dave Postmontier and drummer Grant Macavoy.
Ed Wise is available for interviews: 610-745-3011
Cartoon Christmas Trio Holiday Schedule 2013
Winterthur Estate and Gardens - Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Yuletide Wine and Jazz - 6pm till 8:30pm
Cartoon Christmas Trio returns to the beautiful setting of Winterthur....come join us! Please see website for more details regarding admission and membership!
Reading Public Museum - Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Under the Stars! - Doors open at 6. Show starts at 7 and runs till 8:30 - Price: $20
This is an AWESOME place to see and hear the trio - under the stars in a world class planetarium. This is a BYOB and is 21+. Hope to see you out!
Iron Hill Brewery in West Chester. PA - Friday, December 6th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Live in West Chester! - 6pm till 8pm
Cartoon Christmas Trio LIVE! This is the night of Old Fashion Christmas in West Chester and includes a parade! get there EARLY - it is off the hook....or should we say hoof?!?!?!?
Iron Hill Brewery in Maple Shade, NJ! - Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Live in Maple Shade! - 7pm till 9pm
Iron Hill Brewery in Chestnut Hill, PA - Monday, December 9th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Live in Chestnut Hill!! - 7pm till 9pm - what a great location - hope to see you out!
Iron Hill in Wilmington, DE - Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio live in Wilmington! - 7pm till 9pm
Only Wilmington show this year - book early!!!!
Iron Hill Brewery in North Wales, PA - Friday, December 13th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Live in North Wales! - 7pm till 9pm
Iron Hill in Newark, NJ - Monday, December 16th, 2013 - 7pm till 9pm
Cartoon Christmas Trio LIVE...only show in Newark!
Iron Hill Brewery in Lancaster, PA - Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Live in Lancaster! - 7pm till 9pm
Cartoon Christmas Trio LIVE! The Amish are scared of Jackie Browne!
Iron Hill Brewery in Media, PA - Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Live in Media! - 7pm till 9pm
Iron Hill Brewery in Phoenixville, PA - Friday, December 20th, 2013
Cartoon Christmas Trio Live in P-Ville! - 7pm till 9pm
Cartoon Christmas Trio LIVE! Where's the BLOB????
Last 2013 Show on the books!
1st Thursday Meet-Up & Networking @ Phila. Clef-Club
422 Delaware Ave.
Live Jazz every Thursday from 8pm to 11pm
Brownie’s Par Four Lounge
72nd and Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz every Wednesday from 10pm to 1am
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
Carlette’s Backyard BBQ
57th and Elmwood Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz every Thursday from 7pm to 11pm
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Eric Roberts
Chris’ Jazz Café
1421 Sansome Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live Jazz Monday through Saturday
Elena’s Showcase Lounge
4912 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
8:30pm to 11:30pm
132 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring Mike Boone, Byron Landham, and Sid Simmons
Every Wednesday 8pm
Larose Jazz Club
5531 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Live jazz open jam session featuring Rob Henderson and friends
7pm to 11pm
Live jazz featuring Tony Williams and Friends
6pm to 11pm
7152 Ogontz Ave., Philadelphia
Live jazz open jam session featuring Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
8pm to 11pm
Live jazz Thursday Thru Sunday
The Top Shelf Lounge
56th and Market Street
Live jazz every Saturday
4pm to 8pm
1310 N. Broad St.
Sunday Nite Jazz is Back
Open Jam Session 8-11pm
Featuring The Budesa Brothers with Lucky Thompson
23rd Street Café
233 N. 23rd Street
Live jazz open jam session featuring Father John D’Amico, Jim Dofton, and Kenny Davis
7:30pm to 11:30pm
Columbus Blvd. @ Reed Street Philadelphia
Join us EVERY Wednesday and Thursday for GREAT music!
EVERY Wednesday, join us at 6pm for 'Latin Soul' with Edgardo Cintron and the Cintron Band!
All performances begin at 6pm and feature great music, free admission, free buffet, and free parking.
The Twilight Lounge
20th and Bainbridge Sts. Philadelphia
Jam session on Thursday's 9p-12am.