Who Got the Jazz: A Tribute to Lee Morgan

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The Philadelphia Jazz Project strives to keep Philadelphia’s legacy as a jazz town alive and thriving, bringing great music to local communities through innovative programming. Tonight, PJP joins forces with Veteran Freshman don Yusef Muhammad to launch the monthly “Who Got the Jazz,” a live melding of jazz and hip-hop. Local trumpeter Tony Smith will pay tribute to late, great Philly native Lee Morgan alongside wordsmiths including E-Hos, Tiger Lily and Jacqueline Constance, their interpretations of Morgan’s celebrated repertoire presented with the PJP’s stellar house band.

Born and raised here in the late 1930s, Morgan began displaying musical prowess early, receiving a trumpet for his 13th birthday. By the age of 18, he’d joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band, and, after being signed to the famed Blue Note Records, was featured on John Coltrane’s now-classic Blue Train in 1957. Morgan’s performance and composition proficiency solidified an opportunity to join renowned percussionist Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers, launching him into more commercial success. All in all, the brilliant young Morgan released anywhere between three to five albums a year through various imprints throughout the ‘60s before his shooting death at age 33.

“I have been a part of other projects sponsored by the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and I’m extremely grateful that they are trying to continue this musical legacy,” says musical director Nimrod Speaks, citing Morgan as an artistic influence. “It just helps all around to have an outlet, a performance venue for local artists to continue to pass the torch.” / KENNEDY ALLEN

8pm. $10-$12. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com

 

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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