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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.
FRIDAY NIGHT JAZZ - October to December
6pm | Inside


The Many Sides of Whitney Houston (Sold out!)

December 2 | $25 ($15 members)

The rich and powerful voice of Whitney Houston took us on a musical journey that stirred deep emotions in us all. Join vocalist Sherry Butler and The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble as they present some of Whitney’s finest songs, "How Could I Know You Really Love Me," "I Want to Dance with Somebody," "I Will Always Love You," and more.

The Sensitive Side of John Coltrane

December 9 | $25 ($15 members)

An evening in tribute to Coltrane's sensitive renditions and elegant arrangements of romantic standards such as "Alabama," "Lush Life," "I Hear A Rhapsody," "My Favorite Things," and more. Saxophonist Larry Price will take us on a journey that makes us feel the joy and tenderness of love as well as the sting of love lost.

A Jazz Organ Holiday Celebration —A Merry One!

December 16 | $25 ($15 members)

Rich Budesa brings the Hammond B-3 organ to Woodmere and puts some music under the jazz tree. Philadelphia's trademark sound of the jazz organ will add a special spirit to various holiday tunes to create an evening of merry festivity.





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