Philly Jazz is the Friday evening theme this summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, as area jazz artists perform in the Great Stair Hall during July, August and September. Friday evening jazz performances are presented in two sets—5:45 – 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 – 8:15 p.m., with guided tours of the galleries offered at 5:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. A full cash bar and an à la carte menu of appetizers, light entrées and desserts is available with table service in the Great Stair Hall.
Given the constraint of limited resources and uncertainty of City budget appropriations this year, the Museum will suspend its normal Wednesday night programming in July, August and September. During these months, the Museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
"This summer, we are returning to a one night-a-week format, which has been highly successful for more than a decade, and moving that night from Wednesday to Friday," said Gail Harrity, Chief Operating Officer of the Museum. "We believe the popularity of evenings at the Museum will continue to grow, and as we develop plans for new programs, we hope to combine the best elements and flavor of both Wednesday and Friday evenings that will continue to enlighten and entertain our diverse audiences."
Against the backdrop of live music, gallery tours, light dinner, and cocktails, museum visitors can enjoy four summer exhibitions: Glorious Harvest: Photographs from the Michael E. Hoffman Tribute Collection (June 12-October 3), Jacques Lipchitz and Philadelphia (June 27-August 22), Underfoot: Photographs by Irving Penn (July 10- November 28) and The Poetry of Clay: The Art of Toshiko Takaezu (August 7, 2004- March 6, 2005).
A new outdoor feature on Fridays this summer is the addition of a martini bar under the portico on the East Terrace open from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m., weather permitting. A full menu of martinis is available to be enjoyed along with the most stunning view of the city’s skyline. Throughout the summer, visitors will receive a $2 discount at the martini bar when they show their paid museum admission receipt.
New Museum hours during July, August and September, 2004 are:
- Tuesdays through Sundays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Fridays: 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
- Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Admission prices remain: $10 for adults; $7 for students with I.D., children 13-18, and senior citizens (62 and over); children 12 years old and younger are admitted free at all times. Pay what you wish on Sundays.
This summer’s lineup of Philly Jazz artists:
July 2, Dave Burrell: Distinguished composer-pianist Dave Burrell is well known on the international contemporary music scene. His dynamic compositions, with blues and gospel roots recall the tradition of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Duke Ellington. Burrell teaches at inner city institutions in Philadelphia, as well as private students in his center city studio. The veteran pianist "personifies the best of neoclassicismuncompromising individuality and in-the-moment gusto (The New Yorker)."
July 9, Joanna Pascale: At just 24 years old, Joanna Pascale has established herself as a compelling and skilled vocalist. Her love for jazz took her to Philadelphia’s Performing Arts High School where she began to develop her unique repertoire. She went on to Temple University, where she studied under Terell Stafford and Bruce Barth. Her latest album, When Lights Are Low, showcases her approach to the timeless standards of American music.
July 16, Butch Reed Trio: Drummer Butch Reed is an alumnus of Philadelphia’s famous Settlement Music School, and studied privately with Carl Mattola and Skeets Marsh. He has performed with Nat Adderly, Johnnie Coles, Byard Lancaster, John Blake, Gerald Veasley, and recorded with Larry McKenna.
July 23, Miss Justine: Philly veteran Miss Justine has worked with Shirley Scott, Ray Charles, Keter Betts, Al Grey, Butch Ballard, Bootsie Barnes, Don Patterson, Billy Eckstine, Kenny Barron, and her musical mentor for over fifteen years, the late pianist Gerald Price. Cadence says Tasty, her 1998 debut album, blends "elements of Ella Fitzgerald's swing and Sarah Vaughan's melismatic sweep and Billie Holiday's emotional edge."
July 30, Tony Williams Quartet: Williams "plays alto sax and is not locked into any one style or format going seamlessly from mainstream to swing and bop according to the tune and audience (All About Jazz)." A native Philadelphian and life-long resident, he attended Abington High School and supports the community through the Tony Williams Scholarship Jazz Fest, held annually at the Mount Airy Cultural Center (September 3-6, 2004).
August 6, Farid Barron: Pianist Farid Barron was born and raised in Philadelphia. While attending Central Park High School, the school's jazz ensemble won the Down Beat MusicFest Jazz Ensemble first prize, and he earned the Outstanding Soloist award. He studied at the New School of Music at Drexel University and Temple University, and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Ralph Peterson, Johnny Coles, Mickey Roker, and Bobby Durham, among others.
August 13, Craig Ebner Organ Trio: A gifted guitarist and composer, Craig Ebner's mentors include Nat Reeves, Hotep Galeta and the legendary Jackie McLean. He has performed with John Swana and Chris Potter, and was the instrumental leader and orchestrated the music for Mary Ellen Desmond's CD, Darn that Dream. His own CD is entitled Don't Look Now, and features a number of original compositions.
August 20, Dave Posmontier Duo: Keyboard player Dave Posmontier has been on the Philadelphia jazz scene since the 1970s when he formed an organ trio with Mickey Roker and Bootsie Barnes. He is an active performer, composer, arranger, and teacher in the city.
August 27, The Philly 5: The Philly 5 consists of John Swana (trumpet), Chris Farr (saxophone), Tony Miceli (vibraphone), Madison Rast (bass), and Dan Monaghan (drums). For the past five years, these five friends have met regularly to play tunes in Miceli’s basement, "just for fun." In these sessions the musicians add countless songs to their musical vocabulary, write new compositions, breathe new life into lesser-known standards, and delve deeper into explorations of bebop and straight-ahead jazz.
September 3, Sam Dockery Duo: Lawnside, New Jersey native Sam Dockery has been one of the major piano men on the Philadelphia jazz scene since the 1950s. He played piano with world-renowned drummer Art Blakey for years and worked as a regular at the famed Showboat on Broad Street and at New York's Birdland.
September 10, Pearl Williams Quartet: Philadelphia native Pearl Williams studied classical piano at the Theodore Presser School of Music, but her dream was to be a jazz vocalist. This choice of career was not pleasing to her parents, themselves stellar musicians. However, Pearl’s wishes won out and while in high school she sang with a jazz group formed by renowned local jazz pianist McCoy Tyner, her friend and neighbor. Williams has performed with numerous jazz musicians and ensembles, including the Count Basie Orchestra, Benny Fields Orchestra, and the Paul Roberts Singers. Her first CD release, Pearl’s Pearls, was recorded with renowned tenor saxophonist Houston Person.
September 17, Orrin Evans Trio: "The clear-cut best pianist of his time..." is how Hot House Magazine described Orrin Evans in 1998. The praise has continued to build for this graduate of Philadelphia's prestigious Settlement School of Music, where he studied under Charles Pettaway. In 1999, Evans took second place of 200 competitors in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. This young Philadelphia native grew up surrounded by music - the melodies of Puccini, the pulsing rhythms of Ellington, and his mother’s own classical singing. He acknowledges such musicians as Trudy Pitts, Tim Warfield, Kenny Barron, Ralph Peterson, Edgar Bateman, Mickey Roker and Bobby Durham as inspirational guides. When he isn’t touring or recording, Evans can be found teaching workshops, clinics, master classes and private lessons. The Philadelphia Inquirer named his 2002 recording Meant to Shine a Top 10 Jazz CD. Another recent title, Dejavu by the Orrin Evans Trio, was released on his own label, IMANI Records.
September 24, Bobby Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound: Bobby Zankel, a Philadelphia-based tenor saxophonist, has been recognized for his outstanding work since the early 1990s with Cecil Taylor's Unit Core Ensemble. Since then, he has explored other musical styles, performing with groups like The Dells and NRBQ, while continuing his excursions into free jazz.