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Jazz at Woodmere

Planning to attend a jazz concert? Please review our music performance policy page. 

WRTI is a partner for Music at Woodmere.
Friday/Saturday Night Jazz is offered in partnership with LifeLine Music Coalition.
Winter | Spring 2023
6pm | Inside
The Music of Chaka Khan

March 24 | $25 ($15 members)

Chaka Khan made music come alive with her vibrant singing and the rhythms and beats that enliven us to this day. Vocalist Shamika Byrd will bring to life some of her classic hits like Through The Fire, I’m Every Woman, and Tell Me Something Good.

Billy Paul Tribute

March 31 | $25 ($15 members)

Billy Paul put the Philly style R&B on the global platter. Vocalists Sherry Butler and Roy Richardson takes us through a catalogue of some of Billy Paul’s most popular songs including Me and Mrs. Jones, Only the Strong Survive and many more.

Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker Tribute

April 14 | $25 ($15 members)

The music of Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker are part of Philadelphia’s April celebration of the city’s jazz heritage and history. Special guest saxophonists Nasir Dickerson and Larry Price will highlight the emotion and spirit of these two great jazz innovators with songs like St. Thomas, Confirmation, Tenor Madness and more.

What’s Going On? The Music of Marvin Gaye

April 21 | $25 ($15 members)

The legendary songs of Marvin Gaye continue to have a profound impact on us all. Vocalist Rodney Mansfield explores the many colors of Gaye’s music and songwriting career with a night of tunes such as Inner City Blues, Let’s Get it On, Mercy, Mercy, Me and many more.

A Night of Jazz Piano

April 28 | $25 ($15 members)

Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will feature the music of some of the great piano stylists like Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and others who have made jazz piano a significant part of piano music. Enjoy an evening with pianist Rich Budesa that transports and connects you with different times, places, and emotions.

It Takes Two: Jazz and R&B Duets

May 5 | $25 ($15 members)

Since people have been singing, duets have brought together the magic of combining two voices, harmonies, and rhythms. With a focus on jazz and R&B, vocalists Roy Richardson and Sherry Butler will bring to life the music of Ashford & Simpson, Solid as a Rock; Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough; Peaches and Herb, Reunited; Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway, The Closer I Get to You, and more.

The Music of Earth, Wind and Fire

May 12 | $25 ($15 members)

The innovative and exciting music of Earth, Wind and Fire spans the genres of jazz, R&B, soul, funk, pop, Latin, and Afro pop. Vocalist Gerand X will enliven and excite us of with songs like Reasons, Keep Your Head to the Sky, and Groovy People.




Music of B.B. King and Muddy Waters

June 12, 2021

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, 2021

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 featured 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, 2021

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, 2021

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. 
02.14.21 | A Valentine's Romance: Cheek To Cheek featuring vocalist Sherry Butler // Click to watch video

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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