For the past three years, we have produced the Friday Night Jazz Series @ Woodmere Art Museum! We have launched the world premier of special events that have become signature programs for LMC. Mark your calendar for 2013 – we look forward to seeing you!
Woodmere Art Museum @ 9201 Germantown Avenue in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood! Friday Nights 6 pm to 8 pm. Tickets available online www.woodmereartmuseum.org or at door. Light fare and wine served.
Friday Night Jazz
6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. | $20 ($10 members, Children under 12: Free) | Wine served
Ella and Ellington
Vocalist Tonya Lynette, pianist Jim Holton, and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble focus on the music of two of America’s great jazz artists: Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. The performance will explore Fitzgerald’s songbook and bring Ellington’s signature keyboard wizardry and compositional genius to light.
Jazz Plugged in: Tribute to Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix
Jazz goes electric. Experience the music of Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, and other explorers of the “snap, crackle, and pop!” of electrified jazz. Featuring guitarist Frank Butrey of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.
Thelonious Monk: Piano Genius
Join Jeff Knoettner on piano and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble for a performance of Monk classics in a narra-musical about the life and music of one of jazz’s most significant musicians. Classics include “Blue Monk,” “Well You Needn’t,” “Epistrophy,” “Nutty,” “Reflections,” “Pannonica,” and others.
Peace Treaty: Dizzy Gillespie and Louie Armstrong*
In honor of the opening sessions of the United Nations, Dizzy Gillespie asked Louie Armstrong for a peace summit regarding the new music of the time, bebop (which Armstrong hated), at Madame JoJo’s—a popular jazz club in 1946 London. Gillespie and Armstrong debated verbally, but mostly musically, their feelings about bebop and its effect on the music scene. Relive that moment at Madame JoJo’s with the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and special guests Tony Smith and Michael Burton on trumpets. The song list includes Armstrong’s “Basin St. Blues,” “West End Blues,” and “Sleepy Time Down South,” and Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia,” “Salt Peanuts,” and “Manteca.”
Hope for the Future: Bebop and Jazz of the 1940s*
Both the United Nations and bebop were platforms that spoke of freedom of ideas, human rights, and hope. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble presents a collection of popular jazz tunes performed or composed in 1946, including commentary on their relevance to the first sessions of the United Nations in 1946 London. Featured songs will include bebop pioneer Charlie “Bird” Parker’s compositions “Now’s the Time,” and “Anthropology,” as well as “Epistrophy” by Thelonious Monk. Performers include Lucky Thompson on drums, Cindy LeBlanc on flute and piano, Will Wright on trumpet, Warren Oree on bass, Rich Tucker on guitar, and vocals by Pat Scott.
This Joint Is Jumpin’: A Victory Day Celebration*
The 1946 Victory Day parade overlooked the rationing, shortages, industry nationalizations, and other wartime hardships that persisted in London. Woodmere will recreate the jazz party on the banks of the Thames River and Westminster Bridge as was done when King George VI went by on his Royal Barge. Music will be performed by the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble with guests Harold Watkins on trombone, Monique Canniere on violin, and Jim Holton on piano. Songs will include “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” and “Lester Leaps In.”
A United Nations Jazz Jam: Musicians from Around the World*
Just as the UN brought together representatives of various countries to share their common beliefs in peace, Woodmere will bring together musical influences and musicians from several of the countries present at the first UN assembly. Join us for an international jazz jam session set in London’s Jazz Café. Songs will include “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Duke’s Place,” “Shiny Stockings,” “ ‘C’ Jam Blues,” “Red Top,” and more.