A tribute to Monnette Sudler
Sunday, June 2
2:00 PM
  • Performance

Solar Myth
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
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This is a seated show.

Program Info

$25 General Admission
21 & Over

  • Sumi Tonooka – piano, musical director
  • and many others
Organized by

Monnette Sudler Tribute Planning Committee (Trapeta Mayson, Yolanda Wisher, Denise Spaulding, Germaine Ingram, Julie Rainbow, and Sumi Tonooka)

Ars Nova Workshop is proud to present a tribute to the late guitarist and Philadelphia jazz legend Monnette Sudler at Solar Myth on Sunday, June 2 from 2-6pm.

Hailed as Philadelphia’s “First Lady of Guitar,” Monnette Sudler enjoyed a wide–ranging career beginning as a teenager in the early 1970s with the avant–garde collective Sounds of Liberation and branching out through jazz, blues, funk, spiritual jazz, vocal music, children’s songs, collaborations between jazz and spoken word, and much more. Over the ensuing half century she spanned the jazz and blues spectrums with her own work as a bandleader, guitarist and vocalist while collaborating with such legendary artists as Grover Washington, Jr., David Murray, and Archie Shepp, among others. She also gathered an array of fellow six–string wizards at her annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit — bringing together masters, emerging practitioners, and novices in a supportive and exploratory environment, which she hosted for nearly a decade prior to her death in 2022.

A host of local musicians and longtime colleagues, led by pianist and musical director Sumi Tonooka, will celebrate her life and music at this special event, proceeds from which will benefit a scholarship fund for young women instrumentalists in Sudler’s memory. Throughout the afternoon, an ample array of artists who shared stages with Monnette will present musical and poetic offerings that pay tribute to her musical genius and generous spirit.  Come when you can, and leave when you must.

Cover: Monnette Sudler performs during the 2018 presentation of Nels Cline's Lovers (for Philadelphia), a project commissioned by Ars Nova Workshop. Photo by Ryan Collerd.