Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia

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Jazz music and Bill Cosby are two of our fair city’s greatest exports. We know the Cos, a tried and true Philadelphia fanatic, loves a little be-bop, a little classic jazz, a little razzle-dazzle from bygone days—so, it’s no great surprise that he’s agreed to emcee this iconic night of Philly jazz. Is that because some of Sir Cosby’s favorite artists are expected to be in attendance? Possibly. But it’s also likely that, because Terell Stafford is the man, you just don’t say no to Temple University’s director of jazz studies when he taps you for what’s sure to be a night for the ages.

You want to talk favorites? Wynton Marsalis is among the special guests, among a slew of others—Jimmy Heath, Kenny Barron, Randy Brecker, Odean Pope and Bootsie Barnes, to name a handful—slated to make appearances. But the whole focus of the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is one of tapping talents who have a connection to the City of Brotherly Love; they’ve either lived here, learned here, played here or live down the street. And Stafford is curating it all as the evening’s artistic director.

This boss knows his field. The Miami-born, U of Maryland- and Rutgers-educated trumpeter has worked as a sideman for all kinds of jazzheads. Starting with Stephen Scott in ’92 for Verve, Stafford went on to blow for Bobby Watson on Columbia, Cecil Brooks III on Muse and Herbie Mann on Lightyear. Tonight, he’s pulled together an illustrious crew to assure instrumental excellence: He’s got six saxes, four trombones, four trumpets and four rhythm-keepers on piano, drums and guitar. Obviously, the program’s stacked, and reworked classics by Coltrane, Monk and Ellington are but a few of the gems you’ll experience.

Just imagine: an 18-piece jazz orchestra perfectly executing a dozen great arrangements, all with Philly-connected talent aimed at continuing a legacy of great jazz in this city and perpetuating the familial nature of our hearty jazz community. What a fine way to usher in 2014. / BILL CHENEVERT

7:30pm. $35-$150. The Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St. 215.670.2300. kimmelcenter.org
 

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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