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Jazz at Woodmere

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Saturday Night Jazz
2 Performances: 5 pm and 7 pm
Performances will be held outdoors, weather permitting.
 
 
 

This Mustang Has No Brakes: The Music of Wilson Pickett

June 4 | $25 ($15 members)

An evening of soul music that reaches deep inside that “SOUL POCKET” the way only Wilson Pickett could. Join us for a night of finger poppin’, head boppin’, and foot tappin’ to Mustang Sally, Tell It Like It Is, Midnight Hour, and more.

 

JAZZ DIVAS: A SUMMER VALENTINE WITH THE MUSIC OF ELLA FITZGERALD, NINA SIMONE, AND ANITA O'DAY

June 11 | $25 ($15 MEMBERS)

Music poured from the hearts of these vocalists, each in their unique. Enjoy an evening with Sherry Butler, Geraldine Oliver, and Jamie Kaufman who will bring to life these stars by singing classics such as At Last, Love Me or Leave Me, I'm Beginning to See the Light, and more.

 

JUNETEENTH: A CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM

JUNE 18 | 2-5 PM | FREE (Register here)

History for the whole family! Join us for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday. Feel free to stop by whenever you want. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will celebrate with a range of songs from Down By The Riverside to I Wish I Knew What it Meant to Be Free. Featuring performances by members of the Universal Drum and Dance Ensemble, poets, and more.  

 

RESPECT: THE PASSION OF ARETHA FRANKLIN

JUNE 25 | $25 ($15 members)

An evening that pays tribute to the "Queen of Soul," with signature tunes such as Respect, Natural Woman, Chain of Fools, Rock Steady, and others.  An evening to remember the inspiring passion of Aretha!

 

MUSIC OF JAMES BROWN, "GODFATHER OF SOUL"

JULY 9 | $25 ($15 members)

The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble puts the groove down with some of James Brown’s classics like Funky Good Time, Cold Sweat, I Got the Feelin', Please, Please, Please, and more.                                                               

 

THE BATTLE OF JAZZ LEGENDS: LOUIS ARMSTRONG AND CANNONBALL ADDERLY

JULY 16 | $25 ($15 members)

The lyrical beauty and piercing trumpet sound of Louis Armstrong and the soulful melodic saxophone music of Cannonball Adderly helped shape the jazz scene as we know it today. A night of impassioned melodies from Satchmo's West End Blues to Cannonball's Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.  

 

A NIGHT AT THE UPTOWN, PHILLY'S R&B PALACE

July 23 | $25 ($15 members)

From the Supremes to The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and more, the Uptown holds a special place in Philadelphian hearts. Night after night, people filled the theater to enjoy performances by the best R&B and jazz artists. Join us as we revisit Philly’s palace of R&B hits and hitmakers. 

 

AFRO-ZILLIAN: AN AFRO-BRAZILIAN MUSIC PARTY

July 30 | $25 ($15 members)

From samba to mangue beat, the rhythms and sounds brought to Brazil from Africa continue to inspire the music of contemporary Brazilian artists. An evening filled with the hypnotic blend of African and Brazilian rhythms will be brought to life in this lively concert.

 

MOTOWN MEETS JAZZ, VOL. 3

August 6 | $25 ($15 members)

A Woodmere program favorite introduces a new selection of Motown gems! Fresh new tunes from the Four Tops, the Supremes, Mary Wells, the Miracles, and many more.

 

LEAN ON: THE MUSIC OF BILL WITHERS

August 13 | $25 ($15 members)

Bill Withers's soulful arrangements and mix of gospel, folk, R&B, and funk live on forever. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and vocalist Roy Richardson add some jazz flavor to his classics like Grandma’s Hand, Just the Two Of Us, Ain’t No Sunshine, Lean On Me, and other legendary tunes. 

Saturday Night Jazz is produced by the Lifeline Music Coalition and in partnership with WRTI. 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM PREVIOUS CONCERTS

 

Music of B.B. King and Muddy Waters

June 12

They put the BLUE in blues and were not afraid to keep the stories of life real and raw in their music. BB was known as the “King” and Muddy was known as the “Father” of the Blues. Vocalist and guitarist Rich Tucker will take us to those “Down Home Blues” with BB’s “The Thrill Is Gone” and Muddy’s “Mannish Boy,” songs that will forever be an integral part of America’s songbook!

Click to watch the video from the performance: Video 1. Video 2. Video 3.

 

JUNETEENTH! A Holiday for All

June 19

This special holiday commemorates the date in 1865 when news arrived to the enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas of their emancipation from slavery. This multi-faceted celebration will feature The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble performing selections from the jazz opera, Never Back Down and the music of King Sunny Ade, Archie Shepp, and Max Roach, along with a special poetry and music performance by the award-winning Black lyricist and author, Nina "Lyrispect" Ball. An evening to celebrate the determination of the human spirit in pursuit of freedom. In partnership with the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

 

Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of the Man and His Music

June 26

Scott-Heron was a man of vision who connected poetry and music and an activist who stirred emotions with words of insight. He could sing and make us “think” the story. Join us for a night of music-infused poetry with compositions like “Pieces of a Man,” “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” “The Bottle,” his classic “Winter In America,” as well as other thought-provoking song and poems.

 

Jazz-Maica: Get Up…Stand Up...for the Music of Bob Marley

July 10

The music of Jamaica has often been an inspiration to and inspired by jazz music and musicians. The pulsating rhythms ring true to the freedom found in much of jazz. Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” and John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” brought a unique consciousness to reggae and jazz. The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble was joined by vocalist Roy Richardson.

 

Jazz from the Art


In partnership with Lifeline Music Coalition, Woodmere presents JAZZ from the ART: a quick, weekly dose of jazz tunes leading up to the return of the Museum's outdoor Saturday Night Jazz series. Each week, enjoy a new video featuring interviews and a past performance by the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble at Woodmere. 
 
02.14 | A Valentine's Romance: Cheek To Cheek featuring vocalist Sherry Butler // Click to watch video

02.20 | What's Going On and A Change is Gonna Come featuring saxophonist, flautist, and vocalist Roy Richardson // Click to watch video

02.27 |Song For My Father: Tribute to Horace Silver featuring pianist Adam Faulk  // Click to watch video

03.06 | Jumpin' Jazz: A Tisket A Tasket; Hot and Spicy featuring vocalist Sherry Butler and bassist Warren Oree // Click to watch video

03.13 | Blue Bayou: Remembering Linda Ronstadt featuring vocalist Phyllis Chapell and guitarist Frank Butrey // Click to watch video

03.20 | It Don't Mean A Thing featuring vocalist Sherry Butler // Click to watch video

04.03 | Duke's Mellow Mood: Mood Indigo featuring saxophonist Larry Price // Click to watch video

04.10 | The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan featuring Will Wright on trumpet // Click to watch video

04.17 | Get Ready featuring vocalist Roy Richardson // Click here to watch video

 

 

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