Jazz Bridge to Present Concert Series Featuring Legendary Jazz Musicians Pat Martino, Monnette Sudler, Jimmy Heath and More in Celebration of "Philadelphia Real Book" Launch


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Concerts held December 3, 2016; February 25, 2017; March 4, 2017; April 26, 2017 with concerts starting at 7:00 pm.

Jazz Bridge will celebrate the publication of the first Philadelphia Real Book, comprised of original musical compositions of jazz and blues musicians in the Greater Philadelphia area, with an extraordinary concert series spotlighting some of Philly’s finest jazz artists. The Philadelphia Real Book concerts will take place at the University of the Arts’ Terra Hall on December 3, 2016; February 25, 2017; March 4, 2017; and April 26, 2017. The project has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Used by jazz musicians around the world, a “Real Book” is a collection of written music deemed significant enough to be used as a resource for learning the canon of jazz playing in order to improvise on the musical legacy of artists past and present. The Philadelphia Real Book will focus solely on this city’s contributions to the canon—past and present—and the compositions were chosen by a panel of jazz educators and musicians who have been giants in the city for many years. “This is an unprecedented gathering of compositions from the Philadelphia area's historically vast, rich and varied jazz talent into a compilation accessible to the public." —David Dzubinski, Philadelphia Real Book Coordinator and Editor

“The most important thing about the Philadelphia Real Book Project is that it puts the focus on Philadelphia jazz musicians as composers. Philadelphia has a long tradition of composers from John Coltrane, Hank Mobley to Lee Morgan and this book provides an opportunity to continue this legacy and not only for established musicians but for up and coming musicians as well.”—Lovett Hines, educator, Philadelphia Clef Club of the Performing Arts

The Jazz Bridge Real Book Concerts are organized around four themes that pertain to the Philadelphia jazz scene and will utilize digital media via a dedicated website application to capture the eclectic historical context and jazz repertory that is part of the Philadelphia Real Book.


Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016

Guitarist Pat Martino and his trio will headline an evening that will also feature the pianist Uri Caine Quartet—A special panel sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania in between the concerts will focus on the neuroscience of music and improvisation, and explore the brain adapts to different neurological stimulus in the pursuit of the highest form of expression and creativity. Event starts at 7:30 pm $25 For Info: 215-517-8337

Saturday Feb. 25, 2017

Jazz giant, saxophonist Jimmy Heath and his brother, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath, will headline an evening that will also feature brothers trumpeter Duane Eubanks and Robin Eubanks and their band. A special lecturer (TBA) in between concerts will present ideas of how a jazz community is sustained generationally over time by the jazz families within that community. Both the Heath brothers and the Eubanks come from prominent musical families in the Philadelphia area. Event starts at 7:30 pm $25 For Info: 215-517-8337

Saturday March 4, 2017

This evening of music will focus on the impact of the social/political environment on jazz in Philadelphia during the 1960s and how progressive thought liberated music from traditional forms. Saxophonist Odean Pope and his quartet and pianist Dave Burrell will be featured with video interviews of prominent Philadelphians remembering that time in jazz history. Event starts at 7:30 pm $25 For Info: 215-517- 8337

Wednesday April 26, 2017

Two concerts will set off this extraordinary night of music by bassist Christian McBride and his trio and guitarist Monnette Sudler and her quartet. This program will take a musical look at what has been written by Philadelphia artists about the people, places and history important to remembering the Philadelphia jazz scene, past and present. Event starts at 7:30 pm $25 For Info: 215-517- 8337

About Jazz Bridge

Jazz Bridge is an award-winning 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to presenting original music by jazz and blues musicians from the Greater Philadelphia area and aiding local, professional jazz musicians who are in crisis.

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