Connor brings his trio back to Chris' Jazz Cafe to showcase his new compositions, which focus on collective improvisation and overlaying sounds in different contexts. They will also perform original arrangements from artists like Coltrane, Monk, Radiohead, Elizabeth Cotten and Nick Drake. This new material is a preview of the music featured his Senior Thesis for the University of the Arts in December. It represents a more focused, refined artistic goal, and the blossoming of an original Philadelphia artist.
Show times 8PM-Midnight ~ Students get a $5 table credit when you purchase this ticket online.
Pianist Orrin Evans takes stock of the pivotal moments that shape the trajectory of a life on The Evolution of Oneself, his scintillating new release on Smoke Sessions Records. The album is itself a landmark in Evans’ musical evolution, introducing a remarkable new piano trio with two longtime associates but first-time collaborators: bassist Christian McBride and drummer Karriem Riggins. The result is a raw and thrilling excursion incorporating a startlingly wide range of influences, from jazz and neo-soul to country and hip-hop.
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"Vocalist Joanna Pascale has an enviable commodity: a durable and pliant alto voice over which she has perfect control. Whether she is in a conversational mode, as on Valerie Brown's "Forget Me" or a slow walk through the Goffin/King classic "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," Pascale readily makes the lyrics real and her own in a comfortable and familiar way that tactilely feels like a favorite blanket... warm, sensual, satisfying."
Entirely student-founded, the Philadelphia Ambassador Big Band's mission is to both rejuvenate the Philadelphia jazz big band scene and preserve the legacy and compositional genius of Duke Ellington and other legendary big band composers. The band features the most talented young musicians in the area and will perform regularly throughout the year at both our home base, the Philadelphia Clef Club, and various jazz venues and clubs around the city.
8PM - Midnight ~ Students get a $5 table credit when you purchase this ticket online
Bison's Big Bang started in 2012 as a graduate thesis project at Philadelphia's University of the Arts. The project continued on into the working band it is today beginning with their first album release, "Pure Imagination," in 2015. Led by saxophonist Brian Blaker, the group consists of members from other local Philly band staples (Swift Technique, iLL Doots, Killiam Shakespeare, etc.). Each performance is its own unique experience as the band places a heavy emphasis on each member's individuality in improvisation, composition and arranging. This culminates in a melting pot of influences drawing from jazz, rock, hip-hop and funk.
Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz. Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world. He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg "He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation."
Brazilian music brings out the poet in the guitarist and vocalist Pizzarelli. Lighting on classic bossa nova, with assistance from the singer Jobim (the grandson of the Brazilian great Antonio Carlos Jobim), Pizzarelli basks in a tropical comfort zone that is as inspiring to him as the work of Sondheim or Ellington. In honor of Frank Sinatra’s centennial, Pizzarelli is also likely to invoke the late-sixties collaborations between Ol’ Blue Eyes and Jobim. ~ The New Yorker
DATV’s shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don’t suffice:Sowers is a true original.