Woodmere Art Museum Celebrates Iconic Artists and Composers in Weekly Jazz and Classical Music Series


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PHILADELPHIA, PA: Audiences are invited to experience music and art together at Woodmere Art Museum in historic Chestnut Hill. Woodmere's popular Friday Night Jazz and Classic Sundays series return every weekend for two months beginning February 10. Performed in the Museum's grand Kuch Gallery, visitors can tour FORCE OF NATURE—Elaine Kurtz: A Retrospective and Elemental: Nature as Language in the Works of Philadelphia Artists—two new exhibitions inspired by the natural world—while enjoying music and light refreshments.

The celebrated works of influential and iconic jazz musicians are the focus of Friday Night Jazz, Friday evenings from 6-8 p.m. from February 10-March 16. The series begins with A Tribute to Miles Davis: A Kinda Blue Valentine by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and featuring Tony Smith, one of Philadelphia's most powerful trumpeters, on February 10. Additional tribute nights include the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan (February 17), Nina Simone (Feb. 24) and Stan Getz (March 9).

In a special concert event on March 2, some of Philadelphia's finest musical artists and most popular bandleaders will come together for Jazz Headz: Philadelphia's Contribution to Jazz. Special guests include Duane Eubanks, Odean Pope, Webb Thomas, Monnette Sudler, Rich Budesa and Warren Oree.

Every Friday Night Jazz event also includes a Friday Night Family Happening, a companion family-programming event from 6-7 p.m. offering visitors with children the opportunity to engage the whole family in a visit to the Museum.


Fridays 6-8 p.m.

Performances include light fare and wine.

Location: Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA

Tickets: $20 each ($15 for members), can be purchased online or at the door. A special music package for any six classical or jazz concerts at Woodmere is also available for $100 ($75 for members).

Info: 215-247-0476.

Friday Night Jazz performances also include free companion family programming from 6-7 p.m., offering visitors with children the opportunity to engage the whole family in a visit to the museum.

February 10: Tribute to Miles Davis: A Kinda Blue Valentine. Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble with guest trumpeter Tony Smith. Selections will include Davis standards such as “Milestone" and “Freddie Freeloader" along with compositions he didn't write but became associated with, such as “My Funny Valentine" and “Round Midnight."

February 17: Jazz Legends: Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan. Narrated by upright bassist and composer Warren Oree and performed by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. This celebration of the role of jazz in black history will focus on the contributions of black composers and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan.

February 24: Tribute to Nina Simone. Ella Gahnt and her quartet honor Nina Simone, the high priestess of soul. The evening will include her best loved tunes, “Four Women," “My Baby Just Cares for Me," “Mississippi Goddam," and “Love Me or Leave Me."

March 2: Jazz Headz: Philadelphia's Contribution to Jazz. Artists include Duane Eubanks, Odean Pope, Webb Thomas, Monnette Sudler, Rich Budesa, and Warren Oree. “Ridge Avenue Swing" by Warren Oree, “Killer Joe" by Benny Golson, “Salt Peanuts" by Dizzy Gillespie, and “Mr. P.C." by John Coltrane will be featured.

March 9: Bossa Nova Meets Jazz: The Stan Getz Legacy. Saxophonist Victor North. Philadelphia-born saxophonist Stan Getz worked with Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton, but was best known for his partnership with Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and Brazilian singers João and Astrud Gilberto. Some of the compositions performed will be from the landmark 1964 recording Getz/Gilberto: “The Girl from Ipanema," “Corcovado," and the Grammy Award—winning composition “Desafinado."

March 16: Cabaret Night. Jill Salkin. Singer, songwriter, and recording artist Jill Salkin is a seasoned performer with a soulful sound. Experience an intimate evening of jazz classics as well as works from Salkin's releases The Very Thought of You (2009) and Heart's Desire (2000), featuring original compositions influenced by jazz, pop, R&B, and folk.

About Woodmere Art Museum

Housed in a 19th-century stone Victorian mansion on six acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Woodmere first opened its doors to the public in 1940. The building, grounds and the nucleus of the Permanent Collection are the benefactions of Charles Knox Smith (1845-1916), who wished “to awaken the spirit of, the appreciation of, and the knowledge of art ... in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding territory." Today, the Permanent Collection consists of more than 3,000 works of art, celebrating the art and artists of Philadelphia.

Woodmere's core collection includes important paintings by renowned artists such as Edward Redfield, Daniel Garber, Walter E. Schofield, Benjamin West, Frederic Edwin Church, Violet Oakley, Arthur B. Carles and many more. Woodmere's nine galleries and salons, including a grand rotunda and a uniquely designated Helen Millard Children's Gallery, provide space for exhibitions and programs that serve the entire family. In the George D. Widener Studio, a converted carriage house, a year-round roster of classes provides outstanding art training to children and adults. The recent addition of the Children's Garden provides participants of Woodmere's Summer Arts Community Program with outdoor space to display and enjoy works of art. The Helen Millard Children's Gallery also showcases exhibitions of student artwork from local schools.

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