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Jazz Bridge presents Manifest III at the Kennett Flash (Kennett Square) on November 2nd

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Appearing on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Kennett Flash, 102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, PA will be the jazz group Manifest III featuring pianist Dennis Fortune, bassist Michael Cruse, guitarist Gerald Twig Smith and drummer Harry "Butch" Reed. Showtime: 7:30 p.m. One show. Tickets: $10/$5 students. No advance sales. For more info: Call 484-732-8295.

Band bio: Pianist Dennis Fortune, the leader of the group, made his mark initially as the musical director for singer Billy Paul of “Me and Mrs. Jones" fame and quickly moved to form the seminal jazz group of the 1980s: Fortune, Vinson, and Cruse. This formidable band was produced and recorded by T.S. Monk and Charles Fambrough—many CDs went ballistic in critical acclaim and sales. This band toured extensively in festivals and clubs up and down the East Coast. After the death of drummer Pete Vinson, Fortune re-grouped and formed the band Manifest III, keeping bassist Cruse and adding guitarist Gerald “Twig" Smith, who has worked with all the top players in Philly and in organ groups with Jimmy McGriff and Richard "Groove" Holmes, and drummer Harry “Butch" Reed, a veteran of the Electric Mingus Project and SoulFuego. This is jazz at its finest!

This is a Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concert series running from October through May and proceeds go to professional jazz and blues musicians in crisis living in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area.

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