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“Jazz at Jacobs”: A Free, All-Day Celebration of Jazz Piano
and the Focal Point of Jazz During“Make Music Philly”

“Jazz at Jacobs,” a free, all-day celebration of the art of jazz piano being presented on June 21 at Jacobs Music’s Steinway Recital Hall—1718 Chestnut Street — is the focal point of live jazz during the second annual “Make Music Philly” event. “Make Music Philly” is an ambitious undertaking that will feature more than 300 musicians—performing in any number of genres and in all kinds of venues all over the city–in all day concerts that are free and open to the public. Philadelphia will join 500 other “Make Music” cities around the world for this non-profit event, sponsored by WXPN radio and a number of others. For more information on “Jazz at Jacobs” and the “Make Music Philly” schedule visit the website: makemusicphilly.org.

This is the second year for “Jazz at Jacobs,” sponsored by the Jacobs Music Company Steinway Selection Center in Philadelphia. Program Coordinator and Jacobs Artist-in-Residence, Andy Kahn, has assembled an impressive array of the region’s most outstanding piano soloists for this day-long celebration. One of the “Jazz at Jacobs” highlights will be a 1 p.m. performance by Jacobs’ Chairman and CEO, Al Rinaldi, an accomplished musician and recording artist, whose unique instrument is the Musictech Midi-Accordion, an instrument he helped design, which can produce a rare combination of a countless variety of authentic musical instrumentation, including very traditional accordion reed sounds. Al Rinaldi will be accompanied by pianist Domenic Cicchetti and bassist Andy Lalasis, who, individually and collectively, have accompanied everyone from Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. to Liza Minnelli and Diana Ross.

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Jacobs Music Company is the area’s exclusive representative for new and authentically restored Steinway & Sons pianos, and Steinway designed Boston and Essex pianos. Jacobs also represents many other highly respected new and used piano manufacturers from around the world, all at great values. Further information is available on their website: www.jacobsmusic.com or by calling Jacobs Music Company Steinway Selection Center 1718 Chestnut St. Phila., PA 215-568-7800.

Schedule for Jazz at Jacobs on Saturday, June 21: Make Music Philly:

Dave Posmontier, Solo Piano (11:00 am)

Dave Posmontier has been an important and vital member of the Philadelphia jazz community for decades. He’s a thoughtful, swinging and inventive soloist– and versatile accompanist–who is at home in virtually any musical style. In addition to his work as a soloist, Postmontier has lead his own trios and backed several international jazz stars, including James Moody, Johnny Hartman, and Grover Washington, Jr.

Tim Brey, Solo Piano (12 noon)

Even at his relatively young age, Brey has an astounding knowledge of American Popular Song, in addition to the jazz repertoire. A 2012 graduate of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance with a B.M. in Jazz Piano, Brey was the recipient of a David M. Katz Memorial Scholarship. Brey appears as a soloist, and is an in-demand sideman who has worked with just about every notable on the Philadelphia jazz scene.

Al Rinaldi Trio with Andy Lalasis and Domenic Cicchetti (1:00 pm)
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Andy Kahn & The All-Star Jazz Trio – special guest, Jimmy Bruno (2:00 pm)

Formed in 1972 by pianist Andy Kahn and drummer Bruce Klauber, this swinging combination tours the East Coast individually, and in tandem with legendary songstress Peggy King. Andy Kahn is a Jacobs Music Artist-in-Residence, composer, vocalist, and archivist who wrote and produced the hit dance record, “Hot Shot.” Bruce Klauber is an ICON magazine columnist, Jazz Bridge Public Relations Director and Warner Bros. “Jazz Legends” DVD Series Producer. Bassist Bruce Kaminsky is a jazz educator, world music pioneer and inventor of the electric/upright hybrid, KYDD Bass. Guest starring with the
All-Stars is critically acclaimed recording artist and jazz guitar master Jimmy Bruno, widely regarded as one of the finest jazz guitarists working today.

Lucas Brown, Solo Piano (3:00 pm)

Lucas Brown, who began his formal music training at the age of five, is a Temple University graduate, fluent on piano and organ. He has also studied classical composition and currently studies classical organ with Jonathan Bowen. For more than a decade, Brown has been the organist in the jazz trio led by legendary saxophonist “Bootsie” Barnes, is a member of the popular “Three Blind Mice” with saxophonist Victor North and drummer Wayne Smith, Jr.

Bob Cohen, Solo Piano (4:00 pm)

A native New Yorker, Bob Cohen was breaking new pianistic ground before many of the young lions of jazz were born. He studied with jazz giant Lennie Tristano, played with Charlie “Yardbird” Parker at the age of 16, and was the house pianist for 12 years at this region’s famed Borgia Café on Head House Square in Philadelphia. Bob Cohen’s recent “Tribute to Bill Evans” concert for Jazz Bridge was one of the highlights of the Jazz Bridge concert season.

 

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