Mon, February 22, 2016 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library
Back by overwhelming popular demand! The Music Department at the Parkway Central Library is again collaborating with the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Producers Guild to present: Mysterious Travelers 2 - Great Migrations. Through free concerts every 4th Monday night from September 2015 through May 2016 audiences will hear from veteran as well as up-and-coming musicians who are shaping the future sounds of Philadelphia with a sharp ear to the legacies of our past. This season will directly honor and celebrate the past century’s brave journey of African Americans to Philadelphia from the South to which owe we our rich urban musical heritage. Starting in January 2015, each band leader will be presenting a new composition inspired by the Great Migration during his or her set. You’ll hear it first, here at your Free Library of Improvisation.
This month’s concert is led by globe-trotting musician, writer, and composer William “Wali” Bickley. Bickley came up in Philadelphia and blossomed in Spain and Gibraltar where he formed his multinational group, Inner Journey Bands. Another group he led, The Real Live Band, shared the stage with Roy Ayers. Wali has recorded and written songs for Khan Jamal. Recently, Wali has been scoring music for the theater, and recording an album with Inner Journey.
Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) works to inspire a network to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community. PJP is a sponsored project of the Painted Bride Art Center, with funding provided by the Wyncote Foundation.
The mission of the Producers’ Guild is to ensure that the appreciation and enthusiasm for the rich cultural heritage of African American Arts continues to thrive in Philadelphia, especially Black Classical Music, commonly known as JAZZ.
All events in this series are free.
For more information, full biographies, and the most up-to-date details, visit freelibrary.org, call the Music Department at 215-686-5316, email email@example.com, or connect with us on Facebook.