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.
Fall 2015 Schedule:
FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ
6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m. | $22 ($12 members, children under 12: Free) | Wine and refreshments served
Friday Night at the Uptown
The Uptown Theater in North Philadelphia was the place to see the Supremes, the Temptations, James Brown, the Miracles, and Aretha Franklin. Join us as we open the season and bask in the memory of favorites like “Get Ready,” “Ooh Baby Baby,” “I Got the Feelin’,” and more. Former Uptown bandleader Sam Reed will lead the musicians just as he did fifty years ago.
Stories of Jazz: The Beginning
Explore the evolution of jazz! Join us for the ragtime tunes of Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton; the blues-based sounds of Joe “King” Oliver and the innovations of his protégé, Louis Armstrong; the vocal stylings of Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday; and music by jazz greats including Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Earl Hines. In the spirit of Apollo Theater–style entertainment, a tap-dancing performance inspired by the Nicholas Brothers will round out the evening.
Stories of Jazz: 1940′s-1960′s
Our ride through the history of jazz continues with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie “Bird” Parker, whose experimental sounds developed into the fast-tempo, complex kind of jazz known as bebop. Innovative pianists like Mary Lou Williams and Bud Powell adapted bebop into a style of their own, while scat-singing vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway used their voices to imitate bebop’s instrumentals. Miles Davis, the innovator of many styles, gave us “Birth of the Cool” and “Kind of Blue,” while ushering in Sonny Rollins, Horace Silver, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, and others who brought jazz into a new era.
Coltrane: This Train Stops in Philly
How did Coltrane become Coltrane? The revolutionary and groundbreaking saxophonist played in the jumping jazz clubs of Philadelphia that lined Ridge Avenue. Focusing on his early compositions, we’ll discover the city’s impact on his music, his time with Miles Davis, and his legendary quartet. Umar Raheem takes Coltrane’s chair, blowing “sheets of sound” as Coltrane did.
Halloween Celebration Concert
Woodmere puts on masks with members of the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra as they play tunes that will put the spirit in the music. Soar beyond ghosts and goblins into the musical solar system for some soul-searching sounds and rhythms.
Music, A Catalyst for Change
Music’s power as a vehicle for civil rights and social justice is highlighted in this program of songs by Nina Simone, Paul Robeson, Curtis Mayfield, Archie Shepp, Max Roach, and others. Enhanced by Tony Smith on trumpet, Elliott Levin on saxophone, and South African drums, the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will inspire with songs like “Wake Up Everybody,” “Keep on Pushing,” “A Change Is Gonna Come,” “I Wish I Knew How to Be Free,” and more.
Bringing the Back Out Front: A Tribute to Great Jazz Rhythm Sections
The musicians who served as anchors for many of the great jazz soloists take the spotlight this evening. Several classic and dynamic rhythm sections will be featured, including Paul Chambers, Philly Joe Jones, and Red Garland (Miles Davis); Louis Hayes, Sam Jones, and Joe Zawinul (Cannonball Adderley); McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane); and more.
Classic Jazz Divas
Back by popular demand is an evening with the great divas of jazz. Woodmere salutes the captivating melodies and tones of classic female jazz vocalists such as Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae, and more.
Legends of the Clef Club
Celebrate the Clef Club, Philadelphia’s preeminent musical institution, whose beginnings coincided with the golden age of Philly jazz. Saxophonist Robert “Bootsie” Barnes will perform and pay tribute to the legendary musicians that played at the Clef Club. Enjoy a salute to Philadelphia alumni Joey DeFrancesco, Christian McBride, and Jaleel Shaw as well as past members of the American Federation of Musicians Union Local 274, such as Shirley Scott, Grover Washington, Jr., Sarah Vaughan, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, Philly Joe Jones, and many more.
Families That Play Together, Swing
Known for its great jazz musicians, Philadelphia is also home to some unique and powerful jazz families. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble assembles musicians from all over the Delaware Valley to play the music of the Heath Brothers, the Eubanks Brothers, Joey DeFrancesco and his family, Chappy Washington, Pearl and Bill Bailey, and more.
An Organ Holiday-and a Merry One!
Philadelphia’s trademark Hammond B-3 organ, played by Rich Budesa, will put you in good spirits by placing some good music under the jazz tree. Don’t miss this special holiday celebration with the amazing and distinctive sound of the jazz organ.