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February 2017

Youth Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The members of the Philadelphia Clef Club Youth Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble will perform at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, for Black History Month sponsored by The Mann Center of Performing Arts, on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 5:00PM-8:00PM. The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interprets the life and work of African Americans. The Youth Ambassadors Jazz Ambassadors Jazz Ensemble is open to all instrumentalists taking…

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Monday Night Jam Series

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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March 2017
$10

Workshop: Bandleading Techniques for Singers

March 2 @ 7:00 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Ella Gahnt Moderator and Aaron Graves – piano Vocalists from beginners through seasoned professionals will acquire skills in this hands-on workshop led by Philadelphia’s Ella Gahnt, jazz vocalist. Gahnt will lead a workshop inspired by the teaching approach of Jazz great Barry Harris. Accompanied by Jazz pianist extraordinaire Aaron Graves and directed by Gahnt, singers will gain skills including: how to communicate with a band how to count off more effectively to different music styles helpful cues and signals to…

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$8

Jazz Dance Master Class

March 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Featuring: Carla Washington Carla Washington, dance educator, choreographer and recipient of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Long-Term Dance Residency grant award will present a dance workshop. Washington is an advocate for the arts in public schools, has made a life long journey of working with students in the arts. Jazz Dance is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Jazz dance develops alongside jazz music. The steps and essential styles of this dance originated…

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$8

“Lets Dance” Workshop

March 16 @ 6:00 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Featuring: Melissa Talley-Palmer Melissa Talley-Palmer, a two time Leeway Foundation grantee winner and social dance advocate will present “Let’s Dance,” a workshop consisting of Bop and Cha Cha and line dance instruction focused on preserving the history and culture of dance in our communities. The dance instruction will include music made popular on the social dance scenes from the 1950’s until today. The workshops are intergenerational and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring their children, grandchildren and…

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$20

Suzzette Ortiz Latin Jazz Ensemble

March 17 @ 7:30 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Featuring: Suzzette Ortiz including Madison Rast – bass, John Katz-saxophone/flute,   Juan “Cuco” Castellanos – percussion, and Rene Ginett –vocals. The Philadelphia Clef Club is proud to present Latin Jazz pianist Suzzette Ortiz including musicians Madison Rast -bass, Jon Katz –saxophone/flute, Juan “Cuco” Castellanos - percussion, and Rene Ginett- vocals. This debut concert will be part of the Women’s History Month Jazz series, which will include Ella Gahnt, vocalist. Ortiz has been a luminary in Philadelphia’s Latin Music scene for the better…

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$10

“For Women Only” Vocal BootCamp – Session #2”

March 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Intense health tips, unique techniques, new exercises, and a hardcore vocal workout to sharpen your singing chops!. The workshop is followed by a special “Vocalist Highlight” performance set during our Monday Night Jazz Jam! Whether you are a beginner to the industry looking to learn how to project and flex your vocal muscles, or if you are among the seasoned person as looking to rejuvenate, revive, invigorate, and regain your mastery of those vocal chords… this boot camp is for…

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April 2017

Film Series: Mo’ Better Blues

April 5 @ 6:00 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Mo' Better Blues is a 1990 musical drama film starring Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, and Spike Lee, who also directed. It follows a period in the life of fictional jazz trumpeter Bleek Gilliam (played by Washington) as a series of bad decisions result in his jeopardizing both his relationships and his playing career. The film focuses on themes of friendship, loyalty, honesty, cause-and-effect, and ultimately salvation. It features the music of the Branford Marsalis quartet and Terence Blanchard on trumpet.

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Film Series: THE JAZZ LOFT

April 12 @ 6:00 pm

In the 1950s, dozens of jazz musicians jam night after night in a dilapidated New York loft building, not realizing they are all being captured in sound and pictures by acclaimed LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lives in the loft space next door. Thelonious Monk stops by to rehearse; drummer Ronnie Free gets hooked on hard drugs; Smith begins to tape-record his own phone calls; the '50s give way to the '60s. In a layering of interviews, vignettes…

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Film Series: The Case of the Three Sided Dream

April 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Adam Kahan expertly portrays the life of superb musician, Rahsaan Roland Kirk in his documentary The Case of the Three Sided Dream. Kirk was blinded in his early childhood yet was keenly aware of racism and other injustices of American society that surrounded him. He constantly spoke out on such injustices in him many interviews, which caused viewers to see him negatively and formed impediments to his “commercial” viability. As a young man, he discovered the ability to play multiple…

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Film Series: Thunder Soul

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Directed by Mark Landesman, Thunder Soul tells the inspired true story of Kashmere (Texas) High School’s band leader Conrad “Prof” Johnson. Johnson directed the coed musical aggregation of black students in Houston, Texas with “tough love,” respect, and a code of conduct that taught the students about pride, honor, and the power of a deep groove. He took a ragtag jazz band of students and transformed them into one of the most award-winning stage bands in the country. The film…

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$20

“Ella Sings Ella” – Tribute to The First Lady of Song

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Ella Gaht – vocals, Aaron Graves-piano, Lee Smith-bass, Harry “Butch” Reed-drums

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Film Series: Arrows into Infinity

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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The documentary, Arrows into Infinity looks closely into the life of Charles Lloyd, American jazz musician, pioneering in the tenor saxophone and flue. The film is Co-directed and produced by Lloyd’s wife Dorothy Darr and portrays the intimacy that is the result of their relationship and her deep knowledge and understanding of this legendary musician. The documentary chronicles, Lloyd’s upbringing in Memphis, Tennessee to his retreat from the limelight in the early ‘70s and 80s and to his return in…

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May 2017
$5

Film Series: Jazz Giants of the 20th Century

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club, 736 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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As the name suggests, the film portrays these great jazz musicians in 17 rare, vintage performances, many of which have not been available since they were seen on television in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The film includes jazz pioneers such as Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, and Louis Armstrong; mid-century artists like Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, and Coleman Hawkins; and more progressive musicians such as Chick Corea, Grover Washington, Jr., and Herbie Hancock. The also features performances like Duke Ellington’s Creole…

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