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Stevie Holland

Album review — Stevie Holland, Life Goes On

[Donald considers the making of a fantastic record, applying his criteria to a recent release by jazz singer Stevie Holland. — the artblog editors] A great album should combine many aspects: promising artistic talent; a solid theme; and how each song stacks together sonically. On her new record Life Goes On (which came out June 30), jazz vocalist Stevie Holland presents a collection of original songs, standards, and lesser-known songs from popular music and the Great American Songbook. While this album features great talent and songs that flow pretty well, there isn’t a consistent theme to support all of the wonderful ... More » »

Bilal

Philly native Bilal launches In Another Life album at World Cafe Live

[Donald enjoys a meaningful concert from world-famous musician Bilal. What can you expect from Bilal’s new album? Read on. — the artblog editors] Remember that wild classmate who always created a ruckus throughout your adolescence? Well, many of those kids have since matured and conformed to a more typical identity. This is not the case with Bilal. Tuesday, June 30 at World Cafe Live served as a homecoming of sorts for the 35-year-old singer-songwriter (an alum of CAPA and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music). He returned to Philadelphia for a special CD release show of his brand-new ... More » »

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The chosen – 2015 Pew Fellowships and grant winners announced

[Again in 2015, we cheer as artists we’ve worked with and/or championed come into the Pew light, and we applaud the exhibits and events. Congratulations, all!] For ten years we have watched from the sidelines as Pew awarded money to Philadelphia area artists, curators and organizations in the arts — we cheered, we scratched our heads a little, we were happy for the winners and sad for the runners up.  Philadelphia is a small pond and the fact is, Pew’s money — this year, $9.6 million  — is an important economic engine in the Philadelphia arts sector.  As of 2014, Pew has poured $98,819,288 into Philadelphia including fellowship ... More » »

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The artblog Reader Advisor

[This weekend on the artblog Reader Advisor: Matt celebrates becoming just a bit jaded. — the artblog editors] Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of Alanis Morissette’s debut album Jagged Little Pill. It’s hard for me to explain why I love this album so much. I was a nine-year-old boy in Michigan when Alanis was on the radio and in the Discmans asking, “And are you thinking of me when you fuck her?” My oldest sister, however, was just graduating from high school and was primed to take the enormous cultural import of the album full-hearted and head-on. I have a very ... More » »

Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea

Jazz icons Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea unite for intimate duo concert

[Donald gets a chance to see two of his idols live. — the artblog editors] When I heard that Herbie Hancock AND Chick Corea were touring the world with a stop at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music on April 11, I dashed at the chance to see this concert. When just one of these two musicians visits your city, you don’t simply walk…you run to see that concert! So with both Hancock and Corea on stage playing together, I knew that this was possibly a once-in-a-lifetime moment (both men are in their mid-70s!). Heavy-hitters in harmony In addition to being a ... More » »

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The Robert Glasper Experiment “let it ride” in World Café Live concert

[Donald checks out Robert Glasper earlier this month, admiring the way the musician and his group put a fresh spin on the jazz genre. — the artblog editors] Philadelphia has gotten a nice dose of Robert Glasper throughout the year of 2014. In January, he performed with Jill Scott and the Philadelphia Orchestra for their annual Academy of Music Gala Concert. Next, in July, came a performance with Babyface and Anthony Hamilton at the Dell East. Finally, here we are in December with the Robert Glasper Experiment in full force at the World Café Live on Dec. 9. About Glasper ... More » »

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Time For Three return home for World Café Live show

[Donald attends a concert by a group of young musicians who have no trouble crossing centuries and genres to create their own sound. — the artblog editors] The incredibly inventive string trio known as Time for Three came back to Philadelphia on Wednesday, July 23 to the World Café Live to perform for a crowd that knows them very well. The trio is comprised of violinists Nick Kendall and Zach De Pue, and bassist Ranaan Meyer. Time for Three have a promising 2014 on their shoulders so far, having released their major-label, self-titled debut album back in June (the group is ... More » »

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Plenty of rhythm to go ‘round

[Donald reviews a concert fusing traditional Arab sounds with contemporary pieces and musicians. — the artblog editors] When attending performances, I always hope to make new discoveries—to experience sounds and sights I’ve never heard before. On May 24, 2014, I was fortunate to attend a concert in Philadelphia that showcased not so much the American or Western side of the world’s musical tastes, but those of the Middle East and Latin America. Monthly musical melange Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a nonprofit dedicated to presenting and teaching Arab culture through the arts and language, holds a monthly Arab concert series featuring innovative ... More » »

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Singer-songwriter José James previews While You Were Sleeping

[Donald gets an advance chance to hear tracks from José James’ upcoming album played live, and discusses the musician’s unique, genre-crossing appeal. — the artblog editors] April will go down in history as a big month for the Philadelphia admirers of jazz singer-songwriter José James. Not only did James’ U.S. tour kick off in Philly on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, but the first single from his next studio album was released on iTunes that day–and these songs, first performed here, haven’t been heard publicly since they were recorded. Don’t we feel special? The concert at World Café Live offered a world ... More » »

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Cracks in the boundary walls – Keith Harrison and Napalm Death

(Katie chronicles a participatory combination music/art show with an unexpected yet satisfying end — the artblog editors) It was a peculiar crowd that piled on to the two-carriage train to Bexhill on Friday 29th November, a sea of beer-swigging beards mixed with gallery types making their excited way to this sleepy seaside town. The occasion was a combination no less eclectic: a collaboration between the Victoria & Albert Museum’s former resident ceramicist Keith Harrison and the infamous grindcore band (**see note below) Napalm Death, who share both roots in Birmingham and a notorious appetite for destruction. On top of the ... More » »

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