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Jazz Bridge Celebrates Philly Joe Jones' Birthday at Chris' Jazz Cafe

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Mickey Roker Jazz Bridge will celebrate the life of the late Philadelphia drummer Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
Philly Joe Jones
1923 - 1985
drums
with an all-star concert on his birthday, Friday July 15 from 8-12 pm at Chris' Jazz Cafe, 1421 Sansom Street, Phila, PA.

The celebration begins at 8 p.m with the Sticks & Tones Percussion Ensemble, featuring Randy Sutin
Randy Sutin

vibraphone
, Harold E. Smith
Harold E. Smith
Harold E. Smith

percussion
, Doc Gibbs
Doc Gibbs
Doc Gibbs

percussion
, Craig McIver
Craig McIver
Craig McIver

drums
and Jim Miller
Jim Miller
Jim Miller
b.1954
drums
. Then at 9:30 p.m. the Mickey Roker
Mickey Roker
Mickey Roker
b.1932
drums
Quartet with Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, Lee Smith
Lee Smith
Lee Smith

bass
and Lucas Brown
Lucas Brown
Lucas Brown
b.1980
organ, Hammond B3
take the stage for 90 minutes. There will also be film clips of Philly Joe Jones and musicians who knew him will be on hand to talk about his legacy.

Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go to benefit local jazz and blues musicians in crisis. Tickets can be purchased at Chris' Jazz Cafe or online at http://www.jazzbridge.org/products-page/ For info: call Jazz Bridge 215-517-8337 or Chris' Jazz Cafe (215) 568-3131 or email info@jazzbridge.org

Jazz Bridge is a nonproft, 501c(3) public charity that assists jazz and blues musicians in crisis from the Greater Philadelphia Metro region.

Joseph Rudolph (Philly Joe) Jones (7/15/1923-8/30/1985) was a Philadelphia-born United States jazz drummer, known as the drummer for the Miles Davis Quintet. Philly Joe Jones was often confused with another influential jazz drummer, Jo Jones. In 1947 he became the house drummer at Café Society in New York City, where he played with the leading bebop players of the day. Among them, the most important influence on Jones was Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
1917 - 1965
arranger
. Jones toured and recorded with Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
Quintet from 1955 to 1958—a band that became known as “The Quintet." Miles acknowledged that Jones was his favorite drummer (in fact, in his autobiography, Davis admitted to asking other drummers to play that “Philly Joe lick," with mixed results). From 1958 onwards Jones worked as a leader, but continued to work as a sideman with other musicians, including Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
and Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley
Hank Mobley
1930 - 1986
sax, tenor
. From 1981 he helped to found the group Dameronia, dedicated to the music of the composer Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
Tadd Dameron
1917 - 1965
arranger
, and led it until his death.

Photo of Mickey Roker by Bernhard Ley


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