Monnette Sudler’s 9th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit

Monnette Sudler’s 9th Annual Philadelphia Guitar Summit

Chieli Minucci, Doug Carn, Diane Monroe, Lee Smith, Sonny Troy, V. Shayne Frederick, Byron Landham

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$30 + Fees

Mezzanine tickets are subject to a premium service fee that will be applied at checkout.

Monnette Sudler
Monnette Sudler
Monnette Sudler Grammy nominated, jazz guitarist, composer, vocalist and recording artist is the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit going into its 9th year in May 2018. It has reached close to 10,000 people through performances, workshops, radio broadcasts and video. It has represented many cultures in demonstrating the diversity of guitar based music. Monnette has performed with jazz greats, such as Hugh Masakela, and the late Grover Washington Jr. Monnette Sudler received her degree from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music and published an improvisational guide/workbook called Motif Mojo. Monnette is the recipient of grants & awards from Leeway Foundation, Philadelphia Composers Forum; the Kimmel Center, the Clef Club Jazz Award for Guitar 2012 & 2013, and the Senator Hughes Jazz Legacy Award 2016. She has recorded for Steeplechase Records, Discograph, Hardly Records, and Heavenly Sweetness and is executive producer for MSM Records.
Chieli Minucci
Chieli Minucci is a guitarist, composer, and arranger. Chieli Minucci is longtime leader of the Grammy-nominated jazz-fusion group SPECIAL EFX, featuring Chieli Minucci, a major force on the jazz and world music scene for 35 years. Besides writing and performing his own music, Chieli shares his guitar brilliance throughout the entertainment world. He has recorded and performed with many top artists, such as Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez, Jewel, Mark Anthony, Michael Bolton, Anastasia, as well as jazz artists Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Bernie Williams, Marion Meadows, Lao Tizer, Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Gerald Veasley, Omar Hakim, and many others. Although renowned in the jazz and pop world, Chieli is also a gifted television and film composer. He has won 3 Emmy Awards and been nominated 10 times for his eclectic compositions. His music can also be heard on the soundtracks of the films Bowfinger, Legally Blonde, Panic, and others. Chieli’s original scoring work can be heard in live stage productions of Peter Pan, Dora the Explorer, Thomas the Tank Engine, and others.
Chieli Minucci & Special EFX released their 35th anniversary CD in spring of 2017, entitled, “Deep as the Night”.
Doug Carn
On a small independent label, in the early 1970s, musician Doug Carn made history. The label was Black Jazz, and through its deep, ebony vinyl grooves the Florida-born Carn — a trained organ and piano player, composer, arranger and bandleader — almost single-handedly created a new form of fusion. The music on the Black Jazz albums Infant Eyes, Revelation, Spirit of the New Land and Adam's Apple was free jazz, rangy and atmospheric, with cosmically (and politically) charged lyrics. There was funk and R&B in its lengthy, tie-dyed threads. Immaculate stuff that represented the changing playing field for African Americans — both musically and lyrically — in the nascent Age of Aquarius. He wrote the inspirational lyrics, and the band charts, for pre-existing jazz tunes ("Infant Eyes," for example, began as a Wayne Shorter instrumental). Although Carn's recording career went on — indeed, it continues to this day — he is still highly regarded for that series of Black Jazz albums, which featured his then-wife Jean on sensual and haunting vocals.
Diane Monroe
Diane is an improvising violinist, composer, arranger, collaborator, educator and bandleader. Bow in hand, she charms, uplifts and transports diverse audiences via music including jazz, spirituals, blues, rhythm and blues, classical, avant garde and her moving, original compositions.
Lee Smith
After nearly 40 years as a working bassist, Lee Smith has become a Philadelphia legend, playing gig after gig with just about everyone, including the Delphonics, Mongo Santamaria, Dizzy Gillespie, Roland Kirk.
Sonny Troy
Sonny Troy is one of Philadelphia and South Jersey’s finest Jazz Guitarist. He plays music for any occasion, from solo Guitar to big band music. Forty five (45) years experience from Las Vegas clubs, to the "Mike Douglas Show" to the Cancun Jazz Festival. Sonny has played two inaugurations for President Reagan ("81" and"85"), Played in the East room of the White House for President Bush in 1992. He’s conducted and played for Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Paul Anka, Connie Francis, Annette Funicello, Peggy Lee, various jazz groups. He is master guitarist who has taught for 30 years.
V. Shayne Frederick
V. Shayne Frederick is a pianist, vocalist, arranger and musical director with over a decade of stunning performance. Cited by the Broad Street Review as “one of the region’s busiest and best jazz singers and by All About Jazz as “one to watch” and “a “shining light,” V. Shayne’s singular voice, with it’s dulcet texture and substantial range, has a classic appeal with an innovative flair.
Byron Landham
Byron Landham
Drummer Byron Landham has recorded on at least fifty CD's to his credit as well as co-produced Joey DeFrancesco's Grammy nominated CD "Never Can Say Goodbye" tribute to the late Michael Jackson.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104