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Celebration!!! Bobby Zankel & J. Michael Harrison

December 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm



Celebrating!!!!!! J. Michael Harrison 20 Years of The Bridge & the CD Release Bobby Zankel Wonderful Sound 6. To purchase tickets click HERE.


Bobby Zankel – Alto

Muhammad Ali – Drums

Dave Burrell – Piano

Diane Monroe – Violin

William Parker – Bass

Steve Swell – Trombone

Odean Pope- Special Guest – Tenor

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and the Performing Arts and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound are are proud to present a “Celebration”, honoring J Michael Harrison on his 20th year of broadcasting “The Bridge” on WRTI and the CD release of “Bobby Zankel and the Wonderful Sound 6”.

The band includes the brilliant pianist Dave Burrell whose vast recording experience includes Pharoah Sanders, Elvin Jones, Archie Shepp, Jimmy Garrison, and David Murray. The drummer is Philadelphian, Muhammad Ali(brother of Rashied) who has worked with John Coltrane, Albert Ayler , Frank Wright and David Ware. The bassist will New Yorkʼs leading cutting edge musician William Parker who has performed with Cecil Taylor, The Art Ensemble, Bill Dixon, Milford Graves, and Anthony Braxton. Trombonist Steve Swell includes Buddy Rich, Muhal Richard Abrams, and Peter Brotzman.

Philadelphian Diane Monroe is the leading performer of the modern violin and has worked with Max Roach . Our special guest will BNY Living Legend -master-Odean Pope.

What the critics say:

“This excellent album was recorded live in Philadelphia during January of 2017 with an all-star band consisting of Bobby Zankel on alto saxophone, Muhammad Ali on drums, Dave Burrell on piano, Steve Swell on trombone, Diane Monroe on violin, and the dedicatee, William Parker, on bass. They create torrid, swaggering free jazz, smilier in scope and scale to the scalding music made by Albert Ayler’s mid 1960’s group. The group plays one four-part suite entitled “Celebrating William Parker at 65” that makes for a tremendously exciting album, taking the humanistic and joyous swing of Parker’s own music and conjuring up a wide range moods with powerful solos and very impressive ensemble playing. Parker is extraordinary throughout, blending his voice with the other musicians whether bowing or plucking the bass. The intensity of the music is heightened by the dramatic interplay of the musicians, with some brilliant solo spots emerging like the swooping and swaying violin and epic bowed bass features which are exchanged during the third part of the suite. Zankel is a very lively saxophonist, and his unfettered and emotional solos during parts one and four of the suite are highlights of the set. The music may be one continuous improvisation, but there is an overarching structure that builds a real sense of tension and develops through the malleable intensity of the rhythm section. It is the spontaneity of the music that is one of its most heart warming features because the musicians interact with each other individually and as a group whole in real time, creating music that is in constant motion, using gradations in volume and texture to explore all of the musical possibilities that this setting allows. The music flows like a deep and powerful river, filled with eddys and currents of melody and rhythm. The music has a deep-seated spirituality, but not something that is dogmatic, rather a sense of inclusiveness that is a balm in these troubled times.”

– Review courtesy of Tim Niland and jazzandblues.blogspot.com

Celebration!!! Bobby Zankel & J. Michael Harrison


December 9, 2017
7:30 pm


Philadelphia Clef Club
(215) 893-9912


Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts
736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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(215) 893-9912