The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s popular Friday evening Art After 5 music series will bring legendary performers and rising stars to the Great Stair Hall for a summer season of jazz and world music.
July will showcase eclectic music from exciting young performers and the velvety sounds of a jazz icon. The soaring vocals and driving rhythms of Irene Diaz and TivaTiva will take the stage on July 5; saxophonist Uri Gurvich, a rising star of Israel’s jazz scene and winner of its Jazz Player of the Year competition, will appear on July 12; Grammy-nominated Carolyn Malachi will combine jazz, hip-hop, and spoken word on July 19; and Philadelphia jazz legend Larry McKenna will bring his fluid, bebop-inspired improvisations to the Museum on July 26 with a program hosted by jazz radio icon Bob Perkins of WRTI-FM.
August’s concerts will combine rarely heard world music with a wide array of jazz styles. The Brooklyn ensemble Kavkaz and the New Jersey Opera Project will present the haunting music of Azerbaijan, Persia, and Russia in Silk Road: Music of the Caucasus on August 2; The Jost Project will perform rock music of the 1950s and 1960s—from the Beach Boys to Iron Butterfly—in a contemporary jazz format on August 9; tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield will pay tribute to Shirley Scott, the late queen of jazz organ, and her unique brand of bebop-laced soul-jazz on August 16; Philadelphia alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw will play post-bop jazz on August 23; and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble, known for its crowd-pleasing signature pieces like “Black Cherry,” will appear on August 30.
In September, the full range of the local jazz scene will be on display. A celebrated multigenerational Philadelphia family rooted in blues, gospel, jazz, and R & B, The Underwoods will appear on September 6; trumpet legend Terell Stafford will perform a swinging jazz set on September 13; the Museum will host a jam session from the Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration (whose roster includes members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, and many more) on September 20; and vocalist Denise King will sing pop and jazz standards with touches of the blues, soul, and gospel on September 27.
Art After 5’s performances are 5:45–6:45 p.m. and 7:15–8:15 p.m. every Friday in the Museum’s Great Stair Hall. All shows are free after Museum admission, which is good for two days: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students with ID and youth (13–18), and free for children 12 and under and Museum members. Guided gallery tours are offered throughout the evening, and select galleries remain open until 8:45 p.m. Cocktails, wine, and beer as well as sharable snacks and light supper options are available.
SCHEDULE OF PERFORMANCES
July 5: Irene Diaz and TivaTiva
July 12: Israeli Jazz featuring Uri Gurvich
July 19: Carolyn Malachi
July 26: Tribute to Larry McKenna with special guests Meg Clifton and Tony Miceli, hosted by Bob Perkins
August 2: Silk Road: Music of the Caucasus, with Kavkaz and the New Jersey Opera Project
August 9: The Jost Project with Paul Jost, Tony Miceli, and Kevin MacConnell
August 16: Tim Warfield, Terell Stafford, and Pat Bianchi
August 23: Jaleel Shaw
August 30: Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble
September 6: The Underwoods
September 13: Terell Stafford
September 20: Philadelphia United Jazz Festival and Celebration
September 27: Denise King