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Lou Rawls Tribute: Blue Soul That Grabs the Heart  

June 5 

The rich baritone of Lou Rawls has captivated his audiences for many years. His soulful ballads and his Chicago flavored blues renderings of classics like “St James Infirmary” and “A Natural Man” have become permanent titles in the American Jazz/Blues songbook. Vocalist Warren Cooper and The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will take us down Lou Rawls’ “Tobacco Road.”


Tribute to Sarah Vaughan 

Friday, june 25 | 6pm

Nicknamed “Sassie” for her distinctive style and personality, Sarah put her audiences in a trance. Her luscious voice and tonal range was in demand and loved by the jazz world’s greatest players. Vocalist Mic’al Beckham adds her own inimitable style to the music of Sarah Vaughan as she performs “Send In The Clowns”, “Misty” and many more.


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. Songs that will forever be an integral part of America’s songbook, such as BB’s “The Thrill Is Gone” and Muddy’s “Mannish Boy,” will take us to those “Down Home Blues”! Reflecting the international reach of the Blues, souna master from China, Yazhi Guo, joins vocalist Lisa Chavous and guitarist and vocalist Rich Tucker as special guests. Click the following links to watch video clips from the performance: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 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, the music of King Sunny Ade, Archie Shepp, and Max Roach, along with a special poetry and music performance by 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 – 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.

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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.


The Blues of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith  

July 17 

Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith were women whose powerful voices and music could penetrate the soul. Feel their passion, pain, hope, and disappointments. Vocalists Lisa Chavous and Sherry Butler join The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble with the blues of Ma Rainey’s “See See Rider,” Bessie Smith’s “Down Hearted Blues,” and many other classics. 


Tribute to Sam Cooke  

July 24 

The original King of Soul, Sam Cooke was called the “inventor” of soul music. He set the bar for Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, and many more. Composing and singing songs like “You Send Me,” “Having A Party,” and the classic “A Change Is Gonna Come” have earned him a permanent place in America’s musical legacy. Join The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble with guest vocalist Roy Richardson as they put some of Sam’s music on the “cooker” and stir memories and hearts with his wonderful sound.


Chicken Bone Beach:
The Early Black Music Experience in Atlantic City

July 31 

When Billy Eckstine, Ray Charles, Pearl Bailey, and Sammy Davis Jr. were in Atlantic City, it was THE place to catch not only great Black performers, but to feel the essence of the Black culture. Jazz! R&B! Blues! Soul Power! There were no casinos or much integration, but plenty of great music. Join The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and go back to the heyday of Atlantic City Black nightlife with music for everybody at Chicken Bone Beach.


Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: A Night of Cannonball Adderly    

August 7 

The big man with the big sound, major influence, and contributor to hard bop jazz, Adderly was a strong sideman for Miles Davis and led his own group for many years. He made the alto sax sing and touched many people with his earthy, bluesy tones. Sax man Larry Price takes the Cannonball chair with The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble rhythm section. Song selection will include “Work Song,” “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” “Sack O’ Woe,” “Jeannine,” and more.


Soul Women: The Music of Aretha Franklin and Etta James    

August 14 

The summer season ends celebrating the power of music with renderings of Aretha’s “Respect” and “Natural Woman,” Etta’s “At Last,” “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and more inspiring soul standards. Vocalist Lisa Chavous and trumpeter Will Wright help us feel the songs that will nourish our souls forever. 


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

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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


Saturday Night Jazz is offered in partnership with LifeLine Music Coalition
The William M. King Charitable Foundation is a generous supporter of Music at Woodmere. 
WRTI is a partner for Music at Woodmere.

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