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Venue:
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz738 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $25 General Admission
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 6:30pm

All-Star Benefit Concert for Odean Pope

Odean Pope, tenor saxophone
Ravi Coltrane, saxophones
Walter Blanding, saxophones
Tony Williams, saxophones
Bobby Zankel, saxophones
Bootsie Barnes, saxophones
Terrence Brown, saxophones
Willie Williams, saxophones
Carlos Abadie, trumpet
Duane Eubanks, trumpet
George Burton, piano
Kenny Baron, piano
Monnette Sudler, guitar
Pat Martino, guitar
Gerald Veasley, bass
Warren Oree, bass
Lee Smith, bass
Reggie Workman, bass
Jamaaladeen Tacuma, bass
Warren Smith, drums
Justin Faulkner, drums
Craig McIver, drums

On March 21 at the Clef Club, jazz luminaries will unite for a benefit concert for Philadelphia saxophonist and composer Odean Pope. A vital fixture of Philadelphia’s jazz community since the 1960s, this concert will raise funds for Pope, who has struggled with Bipolar Disorder for 30 years.

“I am extremely grateful for all the support,” said Odean Pope. “I've been struggling with Bipolar Disorder for many years and think I finally have it under control. I have finally realized it can be helped like any other illness. For those of you who feel ashamed and may be part of this arena - there is help for you too.”

Performing and/or speaking tonight will be the Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, Bill Cosby, Sonia Sanchez, Ravi Coltrane, Kenny Barron, Pat Martino Trio, Gerald Veasley, Warren Oree & The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, Reggie Workman, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Walter Blanding, Duane Eubanks, Willie Williams, Warren Smith, Tony Williams, Bobby Zankel, Justin Faulkner, Carlos Abadie, Monnette Sudler, Bootsie Barnes, George Burton and the Philadelphia Youth Jazz Ensemble.

Born in South Carolina, Pope relocated to Philadelphia 10 years later and began his music career performing with Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown, frequently at Philadelphia’s Uptown Theater. In the 1960s, Pope performed with Jimmy McGriff and Max Roach, building a strong relationship with the latter that led to decades of international touring and recording. In the late-1970s, Pope formed Catalyst, a funk-infused jazz quartet with Philadelphia-based musicians Eddie Green, Sherman Ferguson, and Al Johnson. While continuing as a soloist with Roach, in the early-1980s Pope began working more as a band leader, most notably with Odean Pope Saxophone Choir and Odean Pope Trio. A pioneering educator and mentor who has worked  with the Philadelphia Model Cities program and the Settlement Music School, Pope continues to compose and perform music at the intersections of hard-bop, swing, and free jazz, steadily seeking new musical possibilities and directions. About his most recent album, Odean’s List, All About Jazz’s Troy Collins wrote that it “is a compelling reminder of Pope’s relevance as a composer and improviser, one whose talent deserves greater recognition.”

This concert is co-produced by Ars Nova Workshop, Odean Pope's manager Deena Adler, WRTI’s J. Michael Harrison, Graziella D’Amelio and Warren Oree of LifeLine Music Coalition, Suzanne Cloud of Jazz Bridge, Don Gardner and Lovett Hines from Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, and musician Joe Sudler.

Please donate to the tax deductible Odean Pope Fund  or make your check out to the “Odean Pope Fund” and mail to Jazz Bridge, 3008 Limekiln Pike, Glenside, PA 19038.

The Clef Club doors will open at 6:15pm, and music will begin at The Library venue on the 4th floor at 6:30pm. The main venue downstairs will begin at 7:00pm.

Library Venue (each w/ ensemble)
1) Bobby Zankel
2) George Burton
3) Warren Oree & The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
4) Monnette Sudler
5) Bootsie Barnes

Main Venue
1) Philadelphia Youth Jazz Ensemble led by Lovett Hines
2) Sonia Sanchez
3) Kenny Barron / Reggie Workman / Warren Smith
4) Bill Cosby
5) Odean Pope Saxophone Choir with Odean Pope and Ravi Coltrane
6) Tony Williams / Lee Smith / Justin Faulkner / George Burton
7) "Odean's List" Octet with Walter Blanding, Duane Eubanks, Carlos Abadie, Joe Sudler, Terrence Brown, George Burton, Lee Smith, and Craig McIver
8) Pat Martino Trio
9) Jamaaladeen Tacuma / Walter Blanding / Bobby Zankel / Justin Faulkner
10) Gerald Veasley / Willie Williams / Craig McIver