Up Next! Karen Smith
On Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m., audiences at the Montgomery Auditorium at the Parkway Central Library will have an opportunity to welcome percussionist Karen Smith and her band to the stage. Smith is a percussionist, playwright, director, producer, poet, and educator originally from Brooklyn but a Philadelphian now since 1993. She has two musical groups: Weez the Peeples, a jazz ensemble, and Sistahs Laying Down Hands, an arts collective filled with vocals, dance, and drumming. Sistahswas part of the pre-opening event for Al Jarreau & David Sanborn on August 21, 2014 at the Dell Music Center and Sistahswill be the opening act forLancaster Avenue 10th Annual Jazz Festival in July of 2015.
To reserve your spot at this concert, you can get FREE tickets through Free Library of Philadelphia's Music Department.
Recapping Anwar Marshall’s Trio
On Monday, February 9th, a large audience of over 150 curious music lovers settled into the library’s lush cavern of sound, Montgomery Auditorium. Anwar Marshall and his trio were our dates for the evening. With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, Marshall kicked off the evening with an impressionistic interpretation of the classic standard, “My Funny Valentine”. If it’s been awhile, take a moment to reacquaint yourself with the tune and some of the forms it’s taken from ourstreaming music service. [You may need to log in with yourPIN first]
Beyond “My Funny Valentine”, Marshall wrote every tune that follows in the above concert video. It’s a great pleasure to see and hear him work every corner of his drumkit to tease out not just a hot beat, but also a whole symphony of textures. See for yourself! Along the way, you’ll hear Madison Rast hold down the low end and then shine on solos where he makes his bass speak in so many fascinating ways.