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The Second Line Bebop Article is PUBLISHED 

I’m beginning 2023 with the publication of my article in a peer reviewed journal - Indiana University Press Jazz Education in Research and Practice - it’s a big deal! The amount of research, study and synthesis that went into Second Line Bebop is an indescribable amount of time. At the JEN Jazz Education Network conference who distributes the journal. Many thanks to all of my friends new and old here in Philly and down in New Orleans who contributed. The Second Line Bebop Series film is still available for viewing here. CLICK HERE FOR PROQUEST    CLICK HERE FOR JOHN HOPKINS MUSE

I’m happy to share this manuscript with anyone interested who may not have access to the journal.

Club Quarantine Recap 

This past weekend was a serious musical and cultural experience of fellowship among musicians from all across the country convening in the Kennedy Center's Opera House in Washington, D.C. Club Quarantine Live with D-Nice and Igmar Thomas' Revive Orchestra. A 31 piece melanated orchestra. The special guests included Faith Evans, Too $hort, Israel Houghton, EPMD, Letoya Luckett, Digable Planets, Eric Benet, DJ Clark Kent, and suprise guests Sugar Bear and Kathy Sledge. The house energy was level 100 the entire night.  

https://youtube.com/shorts/AjVNhEbFG9s?feature=share

Philadelphia is a Saxophone City! 

Saxophone City - A tribute to Philadelphia's great saxophone legacy

 

I was awarded a Black Music City grant from REC Philly for this project, celebrating Juneteenth. Featuring Philly Saxophonists Yesseh Furaha Ali, Josh Lee, Tim Warfield, and Kynoebi Simpson. In this video, we play homage to John Coltrane on Impressions. Although he was born in North Carolina, Coltrane began playing saxophone when he moved to Philadelphia at age 17. His North Philadelphia home still stands. He left a profound impact on the city that is still felt today.

 

Sixers Playoff Halftime Show 

Here's a picture from the Philadelphia 76ers halftime show. Round 1, Game 1. An electrifying experience as the Sixers were up during halftime and subsequently won the game. The dancers, entertainers, stuntmen and drum line were featured. The four SnackTime horns filled up the stadium with brass. I've never been in a marching band before, so this was the closest experience because our music, dance, steps and other movements were carefully choreographed. With trumpet players Elliot Bild, Charles Washington, and Banks Sapnar.

Upcoming Events

Date Event Location
Guest at Villanova University Villanova University, Villanova, PA Villanova University, Villanova, PA
Jazz Lives Philadelphia Masterclass Manhattan, New York City Manhattan, New York City
Brothers Ink. Jazz Vespers The Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia, PA The Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia, PA
Marian Anderson Historical Society - Marian Anderson, Martin Luther King Jr, and Paul Robeson The Spiritual Legacy In Concert Chapel of Four Chaplains, Philadelphia, PA Chapel of Four Chaplains, Philadelphia, PA
Chris Oatts Group Media Arts Council, Media, PA Media Arts Council, Media, PA
Local 77 Black History Program Independence Library, Philadelphia, PA Independence Library, Philadelphia, PA
Local 77 Black History Program Falls of Schuylkill Library, Philadelphia, PA Falls of Schuylkill Library, Philadelphia, PA
Local 77 Black History Program Lovett Memorial Library, Philadelphia, PA Lovett Memorial Library, Philadelphia, PA
Anthony Colon Salsa Band Izlas, Philadelphia, PA Izlas, Philadelphia, PA
Fareed Simpson Quintet PHL Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA PHL Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA
Josh Lee and The Extended Family PHL Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA PHL Flower Show, Philadelphia, PA
Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Clark Terry Jazz Festival, Durham, NH Clark Terry Jazz Festival, Durham, NH
The Nonet Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, PA Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills, PA
Saxophone City Live Kimmel Cultural Campus, Philadelphia, PA Kimmel Cultural Campus, Philadelphia, PA

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