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Music at Woodmere

Saturday Night Jazz | Two concerts/night: 5 & 7 p.m. 

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WRTI is a partner with Music at Woodmere. Saturday Night Jazz is offered in partnership with LifeLine Music Coalition.

SEPTEMBER performances will take place outdoors. Information for rain dates to follow.
OCTOBER performances will take place indoors.
 
$25 ($15 members) Planning to attend? Please review our music performance policy page here. 
Guests should bring their own seating for outdoor performances. 
 

ANOTHER SIDE OF NINA SIMONE

September 11

 

Legendary Nina Simone was strong, defiant, artistic, and elegant, as we hear in her song, FOUR WOMEN! Nina also brought her distinctive arrangements and soul to pop and rock songs by musicians such as Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne" and John Lennon’s “Here Comes The Sun.” Vocalist Wendy Grantham and pianist Adam Faulk take the helm at bringing these hidden treasures of "another side of Nina" to Woodmere.
 

THE SMOOTH BREEZIN’ MUSIC OF GEORGE BENSON

September 18

 
Guitarist Kelvin Nathaniel takes us to the heart of “Smooth Jazz” with his focus on the music of one of the great jazz guitarists, George Benson. Enjoy an evening that demonstrates how Benson widened the jazz audience and created a sound of exciting tranquility with tunes such as “Breezin”, “Moody’s Mood For Love,” “The Greatest,” and more.
 

THE MUSIC OF ISAAC HAYES: HOT BUTTERED MEMPHIS SOUL

September 25

 

Vocalist Roy Richardson performs with The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and brings to life the rich, baritone voice of Isaac Hayes. Known as a landmark in soul music, Hayes could convey the power of romantic reality, making him one of the most appealing of love balladeers. He was also a prolific composer, arranger, and orchestrator whose soundtrack for the movie “Shaft" won an Academy Award.
 

AL GREEN: A WOMAN'S POINT OF VIEW (indoors)

October 9

Vocalist Jackie Greggs joins The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble in this tribute to Al Green. Most people know the romantic stylings of Al Green, his way with words, and his ability to convey the excitement and adventure of relationships. Greggs's rich and stylish vocals will provide a woman's perspective on the joy and mystique of romance with Green's tunes, “Let’s Stay Together,” “Love and Happiness,” and many more.

MOTOWN MEETS JAZZ (indoors)

October 16

One of Woodmere’s favorite programs. Motown Meets Jazz explores the treasure chest of Motown melodies and memories. Vocalists Sherry Butler and Roy Richardson join The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble to create an exciting evening of music with songs like “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”, “Ooh Baby Baby”, “I Can’t Help Myself” and many more.

TRIBUTE TO MILES DAVIS: ALWAYS MILES AHEAD (indoors)

October 23

A tribute to the classic side of Miles Davis, the music of his quintet between the mid-1950s and into the sixties. Trumpeter Marcell Bellinger will recall some of Miles’ more popular tunes and performances such as "Bye, Bye, Blackbird" and more from that time period. Always adventurous, Davis was an icon who embraced all the musical challenges that confronted him to become one of the most innovative and influential trumpet players in the world.

Starting Nov. 5th, we return to Friday Night Jazz, one concert/night beginning at 6:00 p.m.

 

 

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 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 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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