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Summer Sounds 2018 - Victor North Mixtape

Victor North

During the summer of 2018, in partnership with VISIT PHILADELPHIA, the Philadelphia Jazz Project, presented 90 FREE performances in 45 days in Philadelphia's, historic Old City District. From Friday, June 1 through Friday, September 7, 2018, five different Philadelphia musical ensembles, each presented concerts for three weeks. Back in the golden age of Jazz, it was common for a performer to be based in a restaurant, club or bar for at least a week. There were many situations where bands stayed at a venue for months, like Thelonious Monk’s legendary, six-month residency at The Five Spot in New York City, which also featured the great Philadelphia saxophonist, John Coltrane. Today, these kinds of extended engagements are extremely rare.

 

We were very fortunate to have this opportunity to both present in our city’s historic district, with it’s hoards of regional, national and international visitors, as well as to have these rare continuous, multi-week, presenting showcases. This allowed the groups to dig deep into the songs that they were performing and to become more creative and frisky with the music. Most important, it helped them to truly gel as a collective of performers, all thinking and feeling as one; yet still maintaining and illuminating their own, individual voice. Luckily for all of us, we recorded some of this great music and we can continue to enjoy it today through this series of six FREE mixtapes.

 

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This 6-part mixtape series captures the creativity, the experimentation, the excitement and the HEAT of our adventures in the Summer of 2018. These songs are but a taste of what these talented artists shared and what the Old City District’s enthusiastic audiences experienced.

 

VICTOR NORTH GROUP

 

Victor North is a tenor saxophonist and composer, who migrated south from Alaska to Philadelphia to immerse himself in our rich jazz culture. Since his arrival, he’s worked with Mickey Roker, Charles Fambrough, John Swana, Terell Stafford, Jimmy Bruno, Duane Eubanks, Elio Villafranca, Orrin Evans and and for nearly 15 years has collaborated with organist, Lucas Brown, who together, with drummer, Wayne Smith Jr. comprised the modern organ trio, Three Blind Mice.

 

SONGS FEATURED ON THIS MIXTAPE:

 

1. Gingerbread Boy [written by Jimmy Heath]

2. Soul Eyes [written by Mal Wadron]

3. Paint It Black [written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards]

4. Aisha [written by McCoy Tyner]

5. Higher Ground [written by Stevie Wonder]

6. Straight Street [written by John Coltrane]

 

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The Victor North Group consists of Victor North - tenor sax, Elliot Bild - trumpet, Richard Hill - bass, Khary Abdul-Shaheed - drums; Recorded Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia by sound engineer Christopher Andrew McDonald. Additional musicians who performed as part of the Victor North Group during Summer Sounds 2018, but who are not recorded here include: Madison Rast - bass and Gusten Rudolph - drums.

 

Mixed by Christopher Andrew McDonald & Homer Jackson
Executive Producer: Homer Jackson

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Old City Sax QuartetVICTOR NORTH GROUP

SUMMER SOUNDS 2018

 

Released May 2020

 

Music performed by Victor North, Elliot Bild, Richard Hill & Khary Abdul-Shaheed

 

Duration: 40 minutes

File Size: 58 MB

 

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MANY THANKS...

 

To all of the participating musicians, as well as to those artists who performed during the series, but are not captured in these sessions; THANK YOU.

 

A Special Thanks... to Britney Norman, Andi Coyle and Veronica Wentz of Visit Philly, and to Brett Mapp and Gabriella Sacidor of Old City District (OCD), as well as to our collaborating partner organizations, Lisa Acker-Moulder and the Betsy Ross House, Courtney Risch and the Museum of the American Revolution, Kristen Kreider and the National Museum of American Jewish History, Nyla Daniel and Emma Fried-Cassorla of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Spruce Street Harbor Park, Jennifer Nagle and Independence Visitor Center Café, James Claiborne and the African American Museum In Philadelphia, Barbara Hogue and Christ Church, Ilya Moses and Amy Needle of Franklin Square and Jenna Winterle Kehres of the National Constitution Center.

 

Thanks to folks behind the scenes like, sound and recording engineers, Chip Powell of Chip Powell Live Sound and Christopher Andrew MacDonald of Christopher Andrew Studios, who recorded the music on these mixtapes, as well as to photographer, Zamani Feelings, who photographed each ensemble. In addition, we'd like to thank the support staff, Melissa Talley Palmer, James Solomon, Karen Smith, Kim Pedro and John Abner, who endured the searing mid-day heat of the summer of 2018, to make sure that these events happened on time and safely.

 

To revisit some of the info about Philadelphia Jazz Project's, 2018 Pop-Up Concerts during Summer Sounds in the Historic District - CLICK HERE or to learn more about the entire Summer Sounds series head over to VISITPHILLY.

 

So now, grab a moment and take a listen to some SUMMER SOUNDS.

 

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