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JazGuardian Live At Northeast Library


As part of Jazz Appreciation Month, during April of 2017, PJP collaborated with Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy to present four special concerts in various public spaces around the city. These concerts were presented at facilities under the auspices of the Free Library of Philadelphia and Parks & Recreation.


We selected four ensembles who are quite different from each other and demonstrate the broad and diverse possibilities of contemporary Jazz music. This particular concert was captured in audio and we share it with you here now.


Download JazGuardian Live At Northeast Library Mixtape Below

On the afternoon of Tuesday, April 18, 2017, guitarist, David "DM Hotep" Middleton, bassist, Jocko MacNelly and drummer, Kim Pedro wove a magical, musical spell in Philadelphia's Greater Northeast community at the Northeast Regional Library.


The compositions are as follows:


1. April Joy/April Wind [written by Pat Metheny]  

2. Alonzo [written by Al Jarreau]

3. Assanhado [written by Jacob "Do Bandolim" Bittencourt]

4. Mr. Clean [written by Freddie Hubbard]

5. Footprints [written by Wayne Shorter]



Downloading: To download, click the download links below, when page with audio appears, let it download to your browser and then go to File/Save Page As... Be sure to save file as mp3.


JazGuardian Live At Northeast Library CD CoverJAZGUARDIAN

Released March 2019


Music performed by David "DM Hotep" Middleton, Jocko MacNelly & Kim Pedro. Mixed & edited at Lynasha Studios by Homer Jackson


Duration: 45 minutes

File Size: 64 MB


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David DMHotep MiddletonDavid Middleton aka DM Hotep has worked for over 30 years, with many Philly-area musicians and musical organisations; raging from DJ Tat Money's Halfro Productions, to Khan Jamal & Barry Schuck's, Philia Jazz Composers Forum, to Robert Kenyatta's, La Tumba, and the Sonic Liberation Front, Jim Miller's Miller Time ensemble, & Mogauwane Mahloele's Tharo. DM Hotep co-led the ensemble JazGuardian with Phila drummer, Kim Pedro for nearly 20 years. Since 2000, he has been rehearsing, touring & recording w/ the Sun Ra Arkeatra, under the direction of Marshall  Allen. Currently, DM Hotep has delved into experimental audio/visual projects with Eric Ruin's Ominous Cloud and German visual artist Gabriele Worgitzki. DM Hotep contineues to explore electronic & untempored music with his own Akimbo Research Project.




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Jocko McNellyJocko MacNelly is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and teacher. Though he considers the Blues and Soul Music to be his "base camp," he takes great joy in covering a range of styles: Jazz, R&B, Calypso, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, country, Bluegrass, various styles from Brazil and Africa, Arab and Jewish music, along with European classical music. He has performed with such diverse talents as Billy Eckstine, Lou Donaldson, Phyllis Diller, Archie Bell, A House of Freaks, The Richmond (Va.) Symphony, Carter Beauford and Tim Reynolds. Since 1981, Jocko has been teaching in colleges and universities, both in the classroom and to instrumental students of bass and guitar. Former students have gone on to work with national acts including Herbie Hancock, Widespread Panic, Duke Robillard, and the SNL Band.







Remedy - Kim PedroKim Pedro is product of the culturally diverse Spring Garden section of Philadelphia. He is a visual artist and musician with 20 years of experience. He created Kimpedro's NU GRuV Network in 2012. NU GRuV Network is a diverse collective of artists. Kim Pedro has worked with artists like, Pheralyn Dove, Tyrone Brown, DM Hotep, Robert Kenyatta, Byard Lancaster, Raphael Xavier, Marcell Bellinger, Monica Herzig, Reut Regev, Kendrah Butler, Adam Faulk and Tony TNT Jones. Kim Pedro has performed at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, Ardmore Music Hall, World Café Live, The Kimmel Center, The Planetarium of The Franklin Institute, Welcome America Festival and many other venues.





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Special Thanks: Kathryn Ott Lovell - Commissioner: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Kelly Lee - Chief Cultural Officer: Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, Perry Genovisi and the staff at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Chip Powell, Steve Rowland, Karen Smith, Bill Johnson, Lynn Washington, J. Michael Harrison, James Solomon, Asha Jackson, Julia Lopez, Melissa Talley Palmer and Stephanie Seiple.




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