JAZZ – UP, DOWN, AND AROUND

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JAZZ  –  UP, DOWN, AND AROUND !

OUR SIGNATURE ANNUAL CONCERT SERIES – NOW IN ITS TENTH YEAR!

Many thanks to the William King Foundation for their support of jazz and the arts in Philadelphia! 

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“SPOTLIGHT ON PHILLY JAZZ”

Sunday, April 10, 2016

3 pm to 10 pm

Free! 

“SOUTH” Jazz Parlor

600 N Broad St.

Philadelphia, PA   19105

 Lifeline Music Coalition is excited to present the 9th annual installment of our signature series – “Jazz – Up, Down, and Around” – and we’re going to a new venue – “SOUTH” located at 600 N. Broad St on The Avenue of the Arts North.

This concert will feature the music and history of some of the jazz world’s greatest innovators – who happen to be from Philadelphia….either born there or moved there…and nurtured their career in Philly. It will include the music and compositions of jazz giants such as: McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Lee Morgan, The Heath Brothers, Billie Holiday, Pearl Bailey, John Coltrane, Archie Shepp, Odean Pope, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Bootsie Barnes, Shirley Scott and more…..

As always there will be a performance by a youth ensemble, this year it will be The Will Wright Ensemble, young players from Philly who are making their mark on the jazz scene. The Wisdom Stick will also be performing, bringing their modern approach to jazz and finally, music by one of Philly’s veteran groups –The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, with special guest vocalist Elle Gyandoh. All music will focus on Philly players and composers!

 3 pm to 10 pm

No Cover Charge! 

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Past Performances:

2015:

“This Trane Stops in Philly”

Did Philadelphia Influence John Coltrane’s Sound?

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2014:

Sunday, April 13th , 2014,  3pm to 7 pm at the University of the Arts Elaine C. Lovett Auditorium, Broad and Pine Sts, Phila., PA.  Free and open to the entire family!!!

HIGHLIGHTS OF SOME PAST EVENTS

The 2013 theme for our signature series, “Jazz Up, Down,  and Around” was:

“The Future History of Jazz” presented in June, 2013

at The Afro AmericanMuseum. It was a blast!!!!

The 2012 program was: LEE MORGAN-PHILADELPHIA’S HARD BOP SOUND MACHINE! THE ARPEGGIO JAZZ ENSEMBLE WITH SPECIAL GUEST,  TONY SMITH- TRUMPET

Thank you William King Foundation for helping us keep our JAZZ UP & DOWN series going and FREE and OPEN TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

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In addition to producing the West Oak Lane Jazz & Arts Festival for the past eight years, LifeLine Music was busy educating and entertaining….

“Never Back Down”, a jazz opera by Warren Oree

Sunday, May 1, 2011
3 pm – 7 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts
FREE and open to the entire family!

Thanks to a grant from the William King Foundation, LifeLine Music Coalition presented an excerpt of WARREN OREE’S JAZZ OPERA “NEVER BACK DOWN” at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts.

The Philadelphia Clef Club Youth Ensemble also performed under the direction of Lovett Hines, and the audience enjoyed a special PO/Jazz Connection presentation.

‘NEVER BACK DOWN”..

FREEDOM FIGHTERS! This phrase typically conjures images of European or Latin American Revolutionaries pursuing liberty against formidable odds. Some even think of the American Revolutionaries as freedom fighters; however, there is another group that history rarely acknowledges – the thousands of enslaved and “free” African- Americans who were forced into slavery in the United States.

NEVER BACK DOWN is the story of one such group of African-Americans in Christiana, PA, circa 1851. They were led by a strong and determined black man named William Parker. The opera focuses on Parker’s ability to organize and mobilize men and women, both black and white, to resist slavery, oppression, and more specifically the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850. A law that was designed to keep black people in bonds and chains for eternity!!!

The goal of the jazz opera NEVER BACK DOWN is to tell the story of the Christiana Resistance through the use of original JAZZ MUSIC – the perfect idiom to reflect the intensity, passion, and determination that triggered the actions and developed the mindsets of the principal characters of this significant yet under-recognized event in American history. It also sheds light on how many enslaved and “free” African-Americans were willing to fight and die for the freedom they justly deserved!

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April 25, 2010

Jazz Up Down & Around with Sun Ra Arkestra at University of the Arts.

Sun Ra Arkestra land in Philly!

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