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Venue:
American Philosophical Society427 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 in advance / $20 at the door
Sponsored by:
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 7:30pm

Makanda Project

Celebrating Bill Barron & Ted Curson

Kurtis Rivers, alto saxophone
Joe Ford, alto saxophone
Sean Berry, tenor saxophone
Jason Robinson, tenor saxophone
Charlie Kohlhase, baritone sax
Jerry Sabatini, trumpet
Eddie Allen, trumpet
Ku-umba Frank Lacy, trombone
Alfred Patterson, trombone
Bill Lowe, bass trombone
John Kordalewski, piano
Wes Brown, bass
Yoron Israel, drums

Ars Nova Workshop and the Philadelphia Jazz Project are pleased to present the Makanda Project Big Band and Quicksilver featuring Carol Harris and Sam Reed, in a special concert honoring the lives and work of two Philadelphia jazz heroes: saxophonist and educator, Bill Barron and trumpeter, Ted Curson - two Philadelphia artists who were in the thick of things during the New Thing in Jazz in the late 1950s. They played with Cecil Taylor, Charles Mingus, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Heath, Andrew Hill, New York Contemporary 5 and Archie Shepp and continued to explore the possibilities of music until their departures from this life.

The Makanda Project, formed in 2005, is an ensemble based in Makanda Ken McIntyre’s hometown of Boston, and is dedicated to continuing Makanda's legacy through the performance of his music. This line-up will feature an all-star cast of Philadelphia musicians. Guest soloists with the Makanda project have included Oliver Lake, Craig Harris, Warren Smith, Carl Grubbs, Odean Pope, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Joe Ford, and Billy Hart.

Quicksand
Carol Harris, vocals
Sam Reed, tenor sax
Matthew Stewart, trumpet
Ryan Frazier, trumpet
Dan Blacksberg, trombone
Terry Lawson, tenor sax
Tim Brey, piano
Sunny Sunkett, bass
Lamar Prince, drums

Quicksand in an ensemble lead by Wilmington, Delaware-based trumpeter Matthew Stewart. A student of trumpeter Donald Byrd, Stewart works with Sonic Liberation Front and the Wilmington Creative Music Collective. Philadelphia’s Carol Harris is a jazz vocalist who began her career after winning a singing contest at the Venus Lounge on Broad Street over 40 years ago. She has performed with the Eddie Green Trio, Tyrone Brown, Yusef Lateef, and more. Tenor saxophonist Sam Reed began his musical career working at Philadelphia’s legendary Uptown Theatre in the late ‘50s. He has performed with many of Philly’s finest musicians, including Bootsie Barnes, Mickey Roker and Jimmy Oliver.