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Phila Songbook Concert Vol 2

Songbook collage

In February of 2014, PJP presented the very first Philadelphia Songbook Concert at Temple Performing Art Center [TPAC]. There were over 900 excited people in attendance. They saw an amazing concert with an all star band led by pianist Alfie Pollitt, featuring artists like Pablo Batista, Webb Thomas, Barbara Walker, Pete Chavez, Ella Gahnt, Tony Jones, Carol Harris, Kevin Valentine, Bethlehem and others. The concert also showcased special performances of the music of John Coltrane, Jill Scott, Lee Morgan, Hall and Oates, Benny Golson, Mtume, Kenny Barron, Blue Magic and others. Check out the details here...


On September 11, 2015, at the American Philosophical Society, we will embark on Philadelphia Songbook Concert Vol. 2. The concert will feature Jazz standards and popular songs written and/or performed by local artists like McCoy Tyner, Alphonso Johnson, Stan Getz, Bobby Timmons, Musiq Soulchild, Billy Paul and more. Music Director and pianist, Terry Klinefelter and Vocal Director, Saudah Al Akbar, are joined by a team of local musicians including Byron Landham, Bob Meashey, Tim Price, Paul Klinefelter, Matthew Clayton, Ronnie Howerton, Milton Suggs, V. Shayne Frederick and more, as they take us on a fascinating musical journey.

Philadelphia Songbook Concert Volume 2

Friday, September 11, 7:30pm

American Philosophical Society

427 Chestnut Street

Phila., PA 19106

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door

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Proceeds of this will support The Philadelphia Real Book Project: an organization created by Philadelphia Jazz pianist and composer David Dzubinski, partnering with Jazz Bridge, the Clef Club and the Philadelphia Jazz Project to publish a book, containing the original and archival materials in lead sheet form of Philadelphia composers that would be made available to a worldwide audience.


Songbook Gallery:

 TerryK     audience    Saudah         

 Decarlo A   ellas  

Images Left to Right:

Terry Klinefelter; Songbook Vol. 1 Crowd; Saudah Al Akbar;

Anthony DeCarlo, Ella Gahnt & Horn section; Barbara Walker & Kevin Valentine;


This concert is a Pretzel Logic Series Event: A Philadelphia Jazz Project series in collaboration with local venues investigating what it means to be a Philadelphian from historical figures and fictional characters, to just plain ole folk. From magical moments to frightful urban legends, the Pretzel Logic series will unravel and explore the multi-faceted curves and intriguing twists and turns of the Philly state of mind.

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