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 while sipping a glass of white wine. Free Parking.

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Fall 2014


6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. | $22 ($12 members, children under 12: Free) | Wine served

Hard-Bop and the Blues: Swinging Sounds of the Hammond B-3 Organ
October 10

Kick off the jazz series at Woodmere with the signature sound of Philadelphia jazz organ! Rich Budesa and his classic Hammond B-3 will offer an unforgettable evening of foot-stomping grooves. Fats Waller brough the organ into jazz circles, and in so doing transformed the sounds of swing, be-bop, the blues, and soul. Also featuring Lucky Thompson, Umar Raheem, and Warren Oree.

“Let’s Stay Together”: The Music of Al Green
October 17

Enjoy the down-home soul of Al Green and his finger-poppin’, toe tappin’ beats and rhythms. Vocalist Roy Richardson will reminisce with songs “Let’s Stay Together,” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?,” “Love and Happiness,” “Tired of Being Alone,” and other hits.

“Don’t Rain on My Parade”: Barbra Streisand
October 24

Join vocalist Julie Salvano in an intimate cafe performance as she brings the songs and sounds that made Barbra Streisand a powerful and meaningful vocalist for decades. Songs include “The Way We Were,” “People,” “Prisoner,” “My Heart Belongs to Me,” and more.

Fright Night: Playing the Boos
October 31

Music composed for the decomposed! Creatures feature jazz riffs on “Ghostbusters,” Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” and themes from The Munsters and The Addams Family. Bring the family and come in costume to enjoy some jazzy Halloween tricks and treats.

The Harlem Hellfighters
November 7

Celebrate Veterans’ Day with a big band tribute to the 369th Infantry Regiment – the Harlem Hellfighters – who were as renowned in the jazz clubs as they were in the trenches of World War I. The evening will feature Tony Smith on trumpet, Harold Watkins on trombone, Umar Raheem and Roy Richardson on saxophone, Bernard Samuels on piano, and others playing “Minnie the Moocher,” “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South,” “Charleston,” and other favorites.

“Way Out West”: A Tribute to Sonny Rollins
November 14

Motivated by a childhood passion for Westerns, Sonny Rollins’s classic album, Way Out West, was inspired by the open spaces, wild energy, and romance of a world where justice always triumphed and bad guys got their due. Rollins, born in 1930, remains one of America’s great jazz artists. This evening of rich saxophone music will jazz up “Home on the Range,” “I’m an Old Cowhand,” and more.

Cole Porter/Irving Berlin: Songs of America
November 21

A trio of vocalists will perform the songs of these two giants of American music, including “Just One of Those Things,” “All of You,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and many more.

“Them Dirty Blues”: A Night with Cannonball Adderley
December 5

The big man with the big sound, Cannonball Adderley made the alto sax sing as never before with his earthy, bluesy tones. As a major influence and contributor to hard-bop jazz, he was a strong sideman for Miles Davis and led his own group for many years. Julian Pressley brings his sax to the Cannonball chair with the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble rhythm section. Songs include “Work Song,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Sack O’ Woe,” “Jeannine,” and more.

The Motown Divas
December 12

The divas of Motown brought R&B into many people’s lives, singing songs about love. Ejoy an evening inspired by the music of Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, and Martha Reeves, with songs including “Come See About Me,” “Where Did Our Love Go?” “Midnight Train to Georgia,” and more.

Crooner Christmas
December 19

This vocal songfest will jazz up the holidays! Join the festivities and sing along with Philly’s finest vocalists. Swing to favorites like “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “We Three Kings,” and others. A special guest will join the merriment. Enjoy the evening and finish (or start) your holiday shopping in the Museum Store.

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