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The Positive Music

It is not unusual to see a tall, thin caramel-skinned man sitting in the front row of a concert in Philadelphia with his tripod and his video camera, intensely focused, capturing the performance. The man is Steven Berry and this is his work. Since the birth of PJP, five years ago, this gentlemen has documented hundreds of hours of performances   Read More....

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Return Of The Sound Warriors

For the past few years, saxophonist, composer and band leader, Bobby Zankel and his Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, have been busy presenting cutting-edge music to enthusiastic crowds in various locations around the city. This year, Zankel returns with four concerts of big band music centered around his 13 piece ensemble, The Warriors of the   Read More....

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Big Wonderful Sound

This music is a big tree with many branches - Bobby Zankel About this time last year, we were all still spinning from the impact of saxophonist, Bobby Zankel & the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound led Still The New Thing Festival This cutting edge music festival was a 1,2 3 punch affair with three sold-out shows at the Painted Bride Art Center   Read More....

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Still The New Thing!

  In the 1950s, a group of musicians diverged from the pack and set the worked on fire. Their approaches openly challenged the prevailing process and caused tensions within the American musical community. Some championed them and their efforts. Others vehemently opposed them and others, even brought their opinions to the point of   Read More....

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Philly Jazz Quotes

The stuff McCoy Tyner did was earth-shattering for me. The modal thing, the way he voiced chords in fourths, the way he used the pentatonic scale -- all those things were very new.
Kenny Barron

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