Friday Evenings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Winter and Spring 2003

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Start your weekend with beauty, history, and romance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. On Friday Evenings, the Museums galleries remain open as internationally-acclaimed jazz artists perform in the Great Stair Hall and cocktails and light fare are served. Friday Evening programs run from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. and are subject to change. Guided tours are offered at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. There is no additional charge for musical offerings or guided tours after Museum admission.

January 3
Cuarteto Caribe
Cuarteto Caribe was founded in 2002 by Cuban pianist and composer ElioVillafranca and percussionist John Santos. Villafranca is deeply involved in the Philadelphia Latin jazz scene as a preserver of Afro-Cuban traditions. John Santos is known for his innovative combination of traditional forms and instruments with contemporary music. Cuban percussion master Orestes Vilato has played a key role in the development of salsa and Latin jazz through his work as a member of renowned acts such as Cachao and the original Fania All-Stars.

January 10
John Stetch
A beacon in the Montreal jazz scene, John Stetch has worked extensively with the ensemble Tana/Reid, and has recorded seven albums as a leader. On his most recent CD, Ukrainianism, Stetch pays tribute to his ethnic roots by adapting and updating Ukrainian folk songs through a poetic pianism that draws equally from jazz and classical influences.

January 17
Tony Miceli and Kevin McConnell
Vibraphonist Tony Miceli and bassist Kevin McConnell play jazz standards.

January 24
Edward Simon Quartet with Ben Street, bassist; Dave Binney, saxophonist; and Adam Cruz, drummer
Raised in a musical family in the coastal town of Cardon, Venezuela, pianist Edward Simon came to the United States in 1984 to study classical music. Although he may be considered part of a new generation of multilingual musicians who have grown up studying classical, jazz, and Latin-American music, the twenty-nine-year-old pianist is inventing a language that transcends any rigid genre.

January 31
Miguel Zenon, Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig, and Antonio Sanchez
In his short but illustrious career, Miguel Zenon has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists and groups. In addition to being a longstanding member of the David Snchez Sextet, he has worked with Danilo Prez, William Cepedas Afrorican Jazz, Bob Mosess Mozamba, and the Either/Orchestra. Zenon creates highly original music, fusing jazz, Latin, classical, and folkloric influences.

February 7
Madison Rast, bassist (a duo)
Bassist Madison Rast performs regularly at clubs in and around Philadelphia and New York. He has played with countless well-known musicians, including John Swana, Bootsie Barnes, and Orrin Evans.

February 14
Steve Giordano, guitarist (a trio)
Steve Giordano is a jazz guitarist, composer, and teacher. He has toured Europe with organist Richard Groove Holmes and saxophonist Willis Jackson and most recently with violinist John Blake. Giordano has also played at area jazz events such as the Mellon Jazz Festival and the Chaddsford Winery Jazz Festival.

February 21
Janet Barron, vocalist (a trio)
Janet Barrons captivating vocal style reflects influences such as Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae. Her treatment of straight-ahead jazz standards is always exciting. She can melt your soul with a passionate ballad and then have you swinging with a hot blues tune.

February 28
George Barron, saxophonist (a trio)
Tenor and soprano saxophonist George Barron has performed in many museums, festivals, and clubs in the tri-state area and has toured with pianist Lonnie Liston Smith and drummer Norman Connors. With influences like Dexter Gordon, Sonny Rollins, and John Coltrane, its no wonder that the New York Times praised him as a versatile and polished saxophonist. Down Beat Magazine called him a tenor and soprano saxophonist to watch out for.

March 7
Barbara Montgomery, vocalist, (a duo)
This songstress can sing in a swinging vibrato like early June Christy or in a cool jazz vein complementing the work of Chick Corea. Her most recent CD, Dakini Land, is a tribute to Corea.

March 14
Larry McKenna, saxophonist (a trio)
McKenna understands that standards from the American songbook provide the kinetic undercurrent for an emotionally satisfying synthesis of lyrics and melody. His presentation is warm and fluid, and at times possesses an unexpected bite. McKennas personalized approach to mining the gems buried within a song remains a constant element throughout his performance.

March 21
Meg Clifton, vocalist, with Michael Frank, pianist
Vocalist Meg Clifton and pianist Mike Frank have been performing together in nightclubs, recital halls, and private functions in the Philadelphia area for three years. Megs soaring, soulful style recalls the sounds of Betty Carter and Nina Simone. Mike accompanies the vocalist with sensitive and supportive interaction.

March 28
Denise King, vocalist (a duo)
This sultry lady of song hails from Philadelphia. Although influenced by the vocal greats, she has mastered the art of putting her own signature on a song. Her flexibility and phrasing show a sincere appreciation for gospel, blues, and R & B.

April 4
Lucas Brown, organist, with Giga Shane, guitarist, and Matt Pollack, drummer
Organist Lucas Brown performs regularly with Bootsie Barnes and other local artists. A graduate of Temple Universitys Jazz Studies Program, he has recently recorded with Mike Kennedys Quartet No. 1.

April 11
Juanita Holiday, vocalist (a duo)
Local icon and jazz vocalist Juanita Holiday gives performances that have placed her in front of many well-known celebrities and dignitaries. Some of her most memorable include singing the National Anthem for Muhammad Ali and George Foreman during their visits to Philadelphia, performing for Harry Belafonte as he was the recipient of the Marian Anderson Award, and representing the YMCA of Philadelphia as a Cultural Ambassador in Kathmandu, Nepal.

April 18
Tim Lekan, bassist and composer (a duo)
Bassist/composer Tim Lekan released his debut CD, P.M., in 1997 on the award-winning Philadelphia recording label Dreambox Media. He has performed with his own group and as a sideman at numerous jazz clubs and festivals in the tri-state area.

April 25
Diane Monroe, violinist (a trio)
Diane Monroe is a violinist whose expressive artistry has touched audiences in both the classical and jazz worlds. Evolving from a classical career that included recital and orchestra performances, chamber groups, and new music ensembles, Monroe adds improvisation to her musicianship, presenting compelling performances ranging from classical repertoire to traditional jazz and her own original music.

May 2
Elio Villafranca, pianist, percussionist, and composer (a duo)
Elio Villafranca, a Cuban pianist, composer, percussionist, educator, and author is a graduate of the Instituto Superior de Arte (University of Art) in Havana, Cuba. Since his coming to the United States in 1995, Villafranca has been deeply involved in the Latin jazz scene as a preserver and innovator of Afro-Cuban traditions. His original compositions fuse traditional Cuban and Afro-Cuban melodies with American jazz in an unconventional style.

May 9
Lee Smith, bassist (a duo)
Lee Smith is a versatile bassist with an impressive career that includes years of outstanding performances with legendary Latin percussionist and Grammy winner Mongo Santamaria. Lee has recorded and performed with a variety of funk, R & B and jazz artists, including Philly pianist Trudy Pitts, with whom he has performed many spiritually enriching jazz concerts.

May 16
Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone
Five-time Grammy winner Gary Burton, vibraphonist, and pianist Makoto Ozone have been musical collaborators for almost two decades. The two met in 1983 at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Over the past years, these two masters of the vibraphone and piano have been concentrating on virtuoso duet. The All Music Guide praises, The duo clearly inspire each other and a lot of sparks fly.

May 23
Vanessa Rubin & Her Trio
Vanessa Rubin is endowed with the kind of liquid phrasing and sheer wisdom that comes from a depth of experience on the jazz club circuit. Capable of employing the gamut of emotions, Rubin can range from whisper to shout in the blink of an eye. She delivers everything from honey-laden ballads purring like a kitten, to up-tempo swinging and scatting like a saxophone.

May 30
Harvie S & Eye Contact
Bassist Harvie S & Eye Contact combine modern and traditional jazz with Afro-Cuban music, electric funk, and world music. Their playing embraces the melodic and harmonic sophistication of jazz and the extraordinary rhythmic intensity of Latin music. The central force and momentum of the music spins from improvisation.

June 6
Kevin Mahogany
When Kevin Mahogany cut his first records in the early and mid-nineties, he was generally regarded as a welcome anomaly: a young, male, jazz vocalist in a field where most of his colleagues were either women or men over sixty. With a voice reminiscent of the late Joe Williams, Mahogany has since established himself as a leader and an innovator in vocal jazzfor any gender or generation.

June 13
The John Abercrombie Group
John Abercrombie possesses a unique voice as a jazz guitarist, combining evolving technologies with traditional jazz standards. His affinity for jazz standards complements his role as a teacher. Abercrombie tours regularly and has recorded dozens of albums as a leader.

June 20
Bootsie Barnes Quartet
One of the preeminent tenor saxophonists in Philadelphia, Bootsie Barnes frequently plays at clubs, festivals, and concert venues along the Eastern seaboard as well as in Montreal, Paris, and Portugal. In the sixties and early seventies, Bootsie was a member of house bands like Philadelphias renowned Uptown Theater, Atlantic Citys Club Harlem, and Lloyd Pricess Big Band, backing many big name stars of the day.

June 27
John Swana, trumpeter, Chris Farr, saxophonist, Tony Miceli, vibraphonist, Madison Rast, bassist, and Dan Monaghan, drummer
For the past three years, these five friends have met regularly to play tunes in Micelis basement, just for fun. In these sessions the musicians add countless songs to their musical vocabulary, write new compositions, breathe new life into lesser-known standards, and delve deeper into explorations of bebop and straight-ahead jazz. Their lyrical conversations have resulted in their yet untitled CD, tentatively scheduled for release in early summer.

GENERAL INFORMATION Become a Museum member and enjoy free admission at all times! Stop by the Membership Desk and receive credit on general admission when you join.

Restaurant Associates serves dinner in the Museum Restaurant. For Restaurant reservations, call (215) 684-7990. Light food is served in the Great Stair Hall from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., for an additional fee. No outside food or drink is permitted in the Museum.

The Museum Store is open on Fridays until 8:45 p.m.

SEPTAs 38 bus provides service to the Museum. For schedule information, call (215) 580-7777.

We welcome your suggestions. Please fill out a questionnaire at the Information Desk.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100
TTY (215) 684-7600

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