Jazz Bridge presents The Elliott Levin
Quartet in concert at the Collingswood Community Center East Collings Avenue in Collingswood, on Thursday, January 2, as a part of their First Thursdays Neighborhood Concerts Series. Showtime is 7:30 p..m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. For info: 856-858-8914, 215-517-8337 or visit jazzbridge.org
Saxophonist/flutist/poet Elliott Levin, classically trained at the University of Oregon and via private studies with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Michael Guera, has become one of the region’s premier exponents of Free Jazz, and as a published poet, often combines the two aesthetics in performance. His playing, often heard on European stages, is not limited to the avant-garde, as he’s spent a good deal of time with the likes of Harold Melvin
and the Blue Notes, and the pioneering World Music ensemble, Atzilut. Levin—who will be accompanied by guitarist David Hotep Middleton
, bassist Howard Cooper
, and drummer Ed Watkins
—has received awards from New American Radio in New York, the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the California Endowment for the Humanities.
The Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts Series is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Philadelphia Fund for Jazz Legacy and Innovation of the Philadelphia Foundation, and Painted Bride Arts Center. Jazz Bridge, a 501C public charity that assists area jazz and blues musicians in crisis, is sponsoring this performance in Collingswood as well as 40 other events this season on five area stages in the Greater Delaware Valley.