A Big Band Salute to the Legends of Jazz Drumming

A Big Band Salute to the Legends of Jazz Drumming

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 3:30 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$30 + Fees

A Big Band Salute to the Legends of Jazz Drumming
A Big Band Salute to the Legends of Jazz Drumming
Swing drumming maestro Bruce Klauber, the Monday Blues/Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jerry Zucker, and special guests Mary Ellen Desmond and The All-Star Jazz Trio will star in "A Big Band Salute to the Legends of Jazz Drumming," an extraordinary concert performance that will take place at Philadelphia's World Cafe' Live Upstairs on Sunday afternoon, October 15 at 3:00 p.m.

This swinging, singing and singular program will celebrate the propulsive swing of percussionist like Gene Krupa and Chick Webb, the big bands of Benny Goodman, Count Basie and Tommy Dorsey; and vocalists Ella Fitzgerald and Anita O’Day. Klauber, the Jazz Orchestra, Desmond and The All-Stars will perform swing era hits like “Sing Sing Sing,” “Don’t Be That Way,” “A Tisket A Tasket,” “Boogie Blues” and “Hawaiian War Chant,” and some newer numbers as well.

Bruce Klauber is the biographer of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich, producer/writer of the landmark Warner Brothers videos on Rich and Krupa, an entertainment and jazz columnist and a jazz drummer/recording artist, singer and multi-instrumentalist since childhood. He has worked with jazz giants such as Charlie Ventura, Milt Buckner, Al Grey, Joanie Sommers, Buddy Greco, Pepper Adams and dozens of others, and is the co-founder of this region’s popular All-Star Jazz Trio. Klauber was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Music Degree by Combs College of Music for his contributions to musical performance and jazz scholarship.

The Monday Blues/Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jerry Zucker, is an utterly unique ensemble that, in its four-plus decades of swinging, has grown to become one of the Northeast region’s premier musical attractions. The Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra delivers audiences a fresh mix of sounds comprised of classic big band jazz, popular standards, modern hits, favorites from the Great American Songbook in a distinctly unique and modern style. The 16-piece band is comprised of some of the top instrumentalists and vocalists in the region and beyond.

Jazz vocalist Mary Ellen Desmond has been performing professionally in the Philadelphia / New Jersey area for the past 20 plus years. She has also performed engagements in Japan. Classically trained, she is recognized as a crossover artist covering a variety of styles and repertoires with a primary focus on jazz standards and the American Songbook. Desmond, deemed “the most refreshing voice in jazz” by none other than Jazz Times magazine, works often with the area’s finest jazz soloists and groups, including The All-Star Jazz Trio. And, she is a noted jazz educator at University of the Arts and Community College of Philadelphia. Her frequent appearances with The All-Stars at Chris’ Jazz Café’—as well as her annual and acclaimed “Comfort & Joy” Concert—are always sell-outs.

The All-Star Jazz Trio—pianist Andy Kahn, bassist Bruce Kaminsky, and drummer Klauber—has been delighting audiences of all ages for more than four decades with their eclectic, high-energy versions of jazz standards and compositions from the Great American Songbook. The unit has had an almost four-year residency, unprecedented in jazz, at Square on Square restaurant in Center City Philadelphia. Away from the trio, Andy Kahn is a composer, educator, recording artist and Jacobs Music Artist-in-Residence. Bruce Kaminsky is a World Music pioneer, jazz educator and inventor of the widely-used electric/hybrid KYDD Bass.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/