Jazz at Woodmere
Planning to attend a Friday night jazz concert? Please review our music performance policy page.
February 25 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
Philly was known as the home of that “Organ Jazz’ with music's most talented organists. Join our special guest, multi-instrumentalist Will Wright as he plays the music and sounds of some of Philadelphia’s organ maestros such as Jimmy Smith; Charlie Erland; Shirley Scott, and more.
March 11 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
Imagine the velvet voice of Nancy Wilson singing the deeply felt blues of Ray Charles. The amazing vocalist Suzanne Burgess digs deep into her bag to bring the sounds of these two legends together with tunes like Hit The Road Jack, Night Time is the Right Time, Georgia to name a few.
March 18 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
Dinah Washington sang from her heart with a voice full of feeling and filled with light. Enjoy an evening with Sherry Butler as she brings to life the depth of Dinah's musical moods and emotions with What A Difference A Day Makes, Teach Me Tonight, and many others.
March 25 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
He sang his life…she sang her heart. Their music spoke to all of us about the trials and triumphs of life. Guitarist and vocalist Herb Smith and vocalist Jackie Greggs will fill the evening with the raw, honest, sounds when the country comes to the city.
April 1 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
With their passion, energy, and rhythmic invention, these two innovators took jazz music to a new level. Saxophonist Larry Price and trumpeter Will Wright will treat us to BeBop classics like Confirmation, Now’s The Time, Groovin’ High, and more.
April 8 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
Music of these legendary vocal groups brings us a night of "oldies that never get old," just better with age! Enjoy the great vocals of The Doo Wop Sensations as they take us down memory lane with Charlie Brown, Poison Ivy, The Magic Touch, and Oh What A Night, to name a few.
April 22 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
Imagine what John Coltrane would do with the music of My Girl or Just My Imagination along with other Temptation classics. Get Ready for a fun evening of surprises and revelations about the Coltrane/Temptation connection with music arranged by Warren Oree and performed by the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.
April 29 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
Jimi Hendrix was a virtuoso guitarist with deep roots in the blues who melded the traditions of rock, soul, and the blues with the psychedelic sounds of the '60s. Guitarist Frank Butrey will take us through the Purple Haze to some of Jimi’s classic hits.
May 6 | 6 PM | $25 ($15 members)
Composer, bandleader, and musician, Charles Mingus expanded the role of the bass into a frontline instrument of emotional power that helped forge a new style of jazz. Join Warren Oree and The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble for some Mingus classics like Haitian Fight Song, Goodbye Porkpie Hat, Wednesday Night Meeting, and others.
May 13 | 6 PM | $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.
WRTI is a partner with Music at Woodmere. Friday Night Jazz is offered in partnership with LifeLine Music Coalition.
Music of B.B. King and Muddy Waters
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!
JUNETEENTH! A Holiday for All
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
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
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
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