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Coltrane's Ascension For Ascension Eve Jazz Vespers In Phila. Wed. May 16th!

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Bobby Zankel Saxophonist Bobby Zankel
Bobby Zankel
Bobby Zankel
b.1949
saxophone
and percussionist Craig McIver
Craig McIver
Craig McIver

drums
will be performing the John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
composition Ascension for the Ascension Eve Jazz Vespers (marking the end of the Easter season) on Wednesday May 16th at the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin's Lane, Philadelphia PA, at 7:00 PM. The service is free, but a voluntary collection will go to help restore the John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
House (a designated National Historic Site), which has fallen into disrepair. For info: 215-247-7466.

Saxophonist and bandleader Bobby Zankel
Bobby Zankel
Bobby Zankel
b.1949
saxophone
studied at the University of Wisconsin, Boston's Berkelee College of Music and received a Bachelor of Arts from Empire State College (SUNY). Between 1986 and 1991, he composed and presented three jazz ballets and a jazz opera. Zankel’s compositions have been recorded by CIMP and Contour. He has released four CDs, including Seeking Spirit (with Odean Pope
Odean Pope
Odean Pope
b.1938
saxophone
, Johnny Coles
Johnny Coles
Johnny Coles
1926 - 1997
trumpet
and Sumi Tonooka
Sumi Tonooka
Sumi Tonooka
b.1956
piano
), Emerging from the Earth (with John Blake
John Blake
John Blake
1947 - 2014
violin
and Ralph Peterson
Ralph Peterson
Ralph Peterson
b.1962
drums
), and Brand New Eyes (with Terri Lynn Carrington and Craig Handy
Craig Handy
Craig Handy
b.1962
saxophone
). Mr. Zankel has performed at many regional festivals including the Battle of Saxophones at Penn’s Landing and the Presidential Jazz Fest at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. He received a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Jazz Composition Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship Award in 1996, has been an artist-in-residence at the Downington Schools and the Jarrettown School, and received the Herman Goldman Award for his composition Cylle. Zankel currently leads the big band Warriors of the Wonderful Sound.

Drummer/percussionist Craig McIver
Craig McIver
Craig McIver

drums
has been hailed by JazzTimes, Jazz Review and the Philadelphia Inquirer as Philadelphia's premier percussionist and composer. According to Cadence Magazine, McIver's CD A Horse of a Different Rhythm is one important project: “Drummer Craig McIver has been making waves as the drummer of choice for a number of Philadelphia's finest including Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Khan Jamal
Khan Jamal
Khan Jamal
b.1946
vibraphone
and others...This is definitely a drummer's date...But McIver is going for something a little different with this release. ..this is one heck of a good record with first rate playing all around."


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