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Voices Of The People - Lee Mo

Lee Mo 1Voices Of The People: Celebration of Singers
July 6, 7, 8, 2017
Hatfield House
33rd & Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130  

 

The Philadelphia Jazz Project continues as we carry the spirit of Philadelphia into the second weekend of July 2017. In collaboration with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, Parks On Tap and Jazz Near You, The Philadelphia Jazz Project presents: Voices Of The People: Celebration of Singers; a three-day, vocal festival featuring over a dozen of Philly's finest vocal talents, including Barbara Montgomery, Rhenda Fearrington, Raimundo Santos Ella Gahnt and Lili Anel.

 

One of the newer voices on the Philadelphia music scene, Lee Mo is taking the city by storm. Known for her killer vocals, soulful feel, and impressive music sensibilities, Lee Mo has graced the stages of some of Philly's hottest venues. Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, she is the musical product of many genres: Gospel, Jazz, and R&B/Soul, just to name a few. In 2009, she moved to Philadelphia to study vocal jazz performance at Temple University and was a mentee of Philadelphia vocal jazz legend Joanna Pascale.

 

Lee Mo is a common collaborator with several bands in Philadelphia, such as Vertical Current, Luke O'Reilly and By Design, Chrome ELS, & Marcus Meyers & Ode to Omni. She has been afforded the opportunity to open for artists such as Robert Glasper, Eric Roberson, Frank McComb, Kandace Springs, Derrick Hodge, Jeff Bradshaw, and many more. She has worked for Gospel artists, Jonathan Nelson and Jessica Reedy and R&B singer Vivian Green. Lee Mo wants her audience to feel nothing less than an authentic, free, and spiritual experience through each performance. 

 

PJP spoke with vocalist, Lee Mo about her work and the Voices of the People Celebration.

PJP: Can you briefly describe your musical direction?

 

Lee Mo: I would best describe my musical direction as soulful, intuitive, heartfelt, warm, and emotional.

 

Lee Mo 2PJP: What and whom are pivotal musical influences on your creative approach?

 

Lee Mo: I would say Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and Kim Burrell are my pivotal musical influences. I have many more, but as a young musician, these artists constantly challenged my ear and my creative process.  
 

PJP: Philadelphia has an enormous pool of talented musicians, what’s it like to be selected for the Voices Of The People: Celebration Of Singers?

 

Lee Mo: It's incredibly humbling to have been selected to share at the festival. I don't take it lightly, and I hope that I am able to bring something special to the event, as I am sure the other artists will.

 

PJP: Why is this event important?

 

Lee Mo: I think this event is important because it continues the celebration of music in Philadelphia, a musically rich city, and it brings together the community in a loving and open way. This event is also important because of the focal point of "freedom." The voice has always been a thriving force behind change--from negro spirituals to the blues, to chants and march songs. So, to be able to channel the spirit of freedom through song is especially important, not only in the city of Philadelphia, but in the world.  

 

PJP: What are you going to present at Voices Of The People?

 

Lee Mo: I am not going to give it all away (lol), but I am going to tap into the songs of freedom from the experience of the African American. So I will be doing a range of songs connecting to the struggle of black people in America--the spiritual, gospel, and jazz, to name a few.

 

PJP: How do you manage the task of creating and encouraging fresh, new, forwarding moving musical ideas while simultaneously exploring, celebrating and documenting the past?

 

VOTPLee Mo: I have to take time to really take life in. I try to live in the moment and keep my ear to the ground. I believe I am deeply rooted in the music of the past, and I often go back and listen to older records and interviews so I can always remain a student to the lessons those who came before me have taught and continue to teach.  

 

PJP: When listening to your music what advice would you give the audience to assist with greater understanding and enjoyment?

 

Lee Mo: Just trust me. Take off your expectations and immerse yourself in the moment. Allow me to take you for a ride. You will feel a familiar feeling, because the music is already within you. I'm just presenting it in my own way. 

 

PJP: Why Jazz? When you could be doing anything else, Why this music?

 

Lee Mo: Jazz allows me to experience the music in real time and respond how I feel. I get to break all the rules all at once if I want. The more I learn, the more fun I can have, and ultimately, I will have the more freedom to move and improvise. Jazz provides that space and opportunity for me.

 

To keep abreast of Lee Mo's activities, check out her Website, or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram pages.

 


All Concerts July 6-8, 2017, will be held at Hatfield House, 33rd & Girard Avenue.                  

 

Thursday, July 6 at 7:00 PM / FREEDOM  Freedom
Featuring Lee Mo, Paul Jost, Rhenda Fearrington with Music Director: Tom Lawton

 

 

Voices Of The People: Celebration of Singers
July 6, 7, 8, 2017
Hatfield House
33rd & Girard Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130  

 

Admission Is FREE! However, Registration Is Mandatory  Register Here!!

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a thirst for awesome singers.

 

 

Parking:

There is no formal parking lot. However, there is "some" street parking available. We urge everyone to use public transportation, or for drivers, to give themselves plenty of time to find adequate parking.

 

Transportation:

Two SEPTA Transportation Routes will get you to the Hatfield House.

  • Route 15 | Traveling along-Girard Avenue
  • Route 7 | Travels on 33rd Street

There are other routes to get to 33rd & Girard as well.
Check at the SEPTA website for more info: SEPTA

 

Admission Is FREE! However, Registration Is Mandatory  Register Here!!

Be sure to bring your lawn chairs, blankets and a thirst for awesome singers.

 

COLLABORATORS:

Jazz Near You, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and PhillyCAM

 

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