For the past five years, LifeLine Music Coalition has produced the Friday Night Jazz Series @ Woodmere Art Museum! Come see the music and hear the art – a perfect combination! Sit back, sip some wine and enjoy America’s music..jazz.
Spring 2016 Schedule:
FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ
6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. | $22 ($12 members, children under 12: Free) | Wine and refreshments served
Miles Davis was more than a great musician and composer—he was a man of many moods. Join the Josh Lawrence Quartet as they explore Davis’s work, from his early days with Charlie Parker to his distinct tenure as a bandleader working with John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, and others.
Tribute to Abbey Lincoln and Roberta Flack
Barbara Walker, one of Philadelphia’s most powerful vocalists, explores the songbooks of two unique and hard-hitting singers, Abbey Lincoln and Roberta Flack, with gems like “Killing Me Softly,” “Freedom Now,” “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” and more.
This Joint Is Jumpin’: A Tribute to Fats Waller
Come hear the music that made the Roaring Twenties roar! Pianist Kenny Gates gives us the music and vocals of the man who said he “Ain’t Misbehavin’”—Fats Waller. Enjoy his popular tunes “Jitterbug Waltz,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint Is Jumpin’,” and more.
Celebrating Whitney Houston
There was no other like her—and there has been none since. Her voice defined near-perfect pitch and the ability to cover any range. Whitney Houston took the music and made it her own. Join Sherry Butler, Kathy Roberts, and Paula Johns as they perform favorites like “All the Man that I Need,” “How Will I Know,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” and “I Will Always Love You.”
Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Ray Brown, Milt Hinton—bass players keep the pulse and help us to feel the heartbeat of the music. Bassist Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will take us on a musical tour of past and current bass players and the important role they have played in jazz.
Art Blakey: The Jazz Messenger
A true messenger of jazz, drummer Art Blakey had a sound like thunder that could create many moods and rhythms. Drummer Lucky Thompson sits in this esteemed drum chair to bring us classic Jazz Messengers tunes like “A Night in Tunisia,” “Like Someone in Love,” “Song for My Father,” and other jazz favorites.
The Best of Natalie Cole
She could do more than carry a tune—she delivered it. Never needing to ride on the legacy of her famous father, Nat King Cole, she embodied his skill of smoothing out the rough edges and singing straight to the heart. Vocalist Jackie Greggs sings signature tunes like “Miss You Like Crazy,” “Touch Me,” and “Someone that I Used to Love.”
Broadway Jazz Hits
Enjoy memorable jazz from Broadway musicals including the music of Duke Ellington in Sophisticated Ladies and tunes such as “Ease on Down the Road” (The Wiz), “All that Jazz” (Chicago), and the best of Dreamgirls.
Nobody Did It Better: Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Carly Simon
Before they were called singer-songwriters, these “folk” singers with a jazzy twist created unforgettable melodies and lyrics such as “Both Sides, Now,” “So Far Away,” “Nobody Does It Better.” Bring out the love beads and join us for an evening of distinctive music by three of the most respected singer-songwriters of a generation.
It’s Elemental: Earth, Wind, and Fire
The sensual, dynamic sound of Earth, Wind, and Fire comes to life with hits that matched their fire. Vocalist Roy Richardson will bring it all together with renditions of “Shining Star,” “September,” “Let’s Groove,” and more.