September 25, 2020 Newsletter #349
Jazz Philadelphia is hosting a Virtual Summit. 

The Jazz Philadelphia Summit is a spirited virtual gathering of jazz advocates and audiences, musicians, and key arts and culture boosters. Representatives from local and national jazz organizations will offer workshops, panel discussions, presentations, networking opportunities, and great jazz performances. All virtually. 

Founded a few years ago by liked minded individuals, educators and entrepreneurs, “Jazz Philadelphia plans to leverage the city’s rich jazz legacy and vibrant musical their goals in a distinctly “Philadelphia” way—with a diverse coalition marked by passion, grit, collaboration, authenticity, and creativity.”

This year, their theme is Resilience and their headliners are:

Keynote Speaker, Terri Lyne Carrington
Orrin Evans
Vijay Iyer
Christian McBride and others.

To learn more, visit online at: 
Jazz Lives Facebook Interviews Season 2
Please join Jazz Lives Philadelphia each Friday evening beginning at 6 pm on Facebook as they interview industry professionals about the music in Philadelphia. This series will go to early December. Jazz Lives Philadelphia

Serenade on the Avenue
Developer Carl Dranoff has allowed his construction site, Arthaus on South Broad Street, to be used as an ad hoc performance space for “Serenade on the Avenue,” three planned concerts — one opera, one Broadway and one jazz

The jazz concert Oct. 14 will feature a UArts trio, with faculty member Kevin Hanson (guitar), Ravi Seenarine (saxophone) and Shanon Chua (vocals) performing popular songs by Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Johnny Mercer.
Gretchen Elise Band playing for Jazz Bridge
The newly formed Committee of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Mt. Airy will open its virtual doors for a series of timely musical events to benefit Jazz Bridge and local musicians in need.

The first concert in the series will feature the West Philadelphia based Gretchen Elise Band (Gretchen Elise, vocals; Anam Owili Eger, keys; Doug Grigsby, bass; Ricardo Martinó, drums), welcomed into the space by co-hosts Karen Smith on percussion and Tamara Anderson on vocals. This event will go live on Facebook on October 3, 2020 from 3 to 5pm and will livestream from the Restoration website.
Pianist John Colianni
Jazz Night at the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown is back, virtually. $5 members. Pay what you wish: $10 | $15 | $20. Zoom link provided after registration.

Noted for a virtuosic, hard swinging piano style, John Colianni’s resume includes long-term stints and collaborations with many jazz and pop music giants, including Lionel Hampton, Mel Torme, Les Paul, and Larry Coryell. Now Colianni shares his gifts as a composer, arranger, and band leader and is making waves with the jazz community with modern jazz that really swings!

Behind the Scenes -
Rhoda Blount
Rhoda A. Blount began her career in the music industry in 1982 as the Promotional Coordinator for the Kool Jazz Festival working with internationally acclaimed jazz artists that included Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Art Blakely, Lionel Hampton & Orchestra, and many more.

She served as Jazz Program Director at the Afro-American Historical & Cultural Museum, and produced the “Jazz Live Series;” and the 12-hour jazz marathon, “Jazz ‘Til Sunrise” - which featured: Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Aminata Moseka, Betty Carter, Abdullah Ibrahaim, Cecil Taylor, Randy Weston, Hugh Masekea, Don Cherry, Archie Shepp, Terrance Blanchard, Chicago Art Ensemble –among others.
Jazz Bridge 2021 Calendar
The 2021 edition of our very popular wall calendar is a definite keepsake. Includes exciting, high quality photos of legends of the Philadelphia area jazz community. The cost is $20.00 plus $7.50 for shipping and handling via priority mail. 2021 Calendar Pre-Order
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