It’s hot, it’s contemporary, it pushes boundaries, and it’s at the Michener Art Museum this fall. It’s a season of jazz, beginning with Sunday Afternoon Jazz September 23, and continuing with two Jazz Nights October 6 and November 17. All events will take place in the new Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion, the museum’s brand-new 2,500 square foot glass structure with exceptional acoustics.
The Jarrett Gilgore Quartet with Jarrett Gilgore on sax, Alex Maio on drums, Alex Claffyon bass, and James Santagelo on piano will perform a Sunday Afternoon Jazz Concert
September 23. Members of the ensemble have studied at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts and the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University.
Gilgore grew up in Bucks County, and started playing alto saxophone when he was 9. His performing career started at age 16, in 2008 in Philadelphia. Soon after he was performing at the Kimmel Center, World Cafe Live and Chris’ Jazz Cafe. By his senior year in high school, Gilgore had recorded an album with Untitled Original and The Dirt Party, a jazz composers collective led by drummer Carl Bahner. Gilgore studies at the Peabody Conservatory on scholarship, and is the alto saxophonist of the Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble, lead alto saxophonist in the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, and an active member of the Baltimore improvisational group, Out of Your Head Collective. Performance 3 to 4:30 pm. Tickets cost $15 member, $25 non-member, $10 student with valid ID — includes museum admission. Advance registration required.
Leon Jordan Jr. and Friends will perform at the Michener’s first Jazz Night of the season October 6, with Jordan on trumpet, Anwar Marshall on Drums, Nimrod Speaks on bass, Josh Richman on piano and Rick Tate Jr. on alto sax. Jordan’s last recording reflects an array of styles that push the boundaries of traditional and contemporary jazz. Since graduating from University of the Arts in 2009, Jordan has been composing, recording and touring with Musiq Soulchild, Kindred and the family soul, and performing with The Roots of the Jimmy Fallon Show on NBC. Jordan has shared the stage with Clark Terry, Grover Washington Jr. and Charles Fambrough, Bootsie Barnes and George “Butch” Ballard. His quintet has performed at the 2007 Berks Jazz Festival and the 2006 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Jordan’s versatility is demonstrated in his work in the Orrin Evans Big Band, as well as the Renaissance Orchestra.
The Hot Club of Philadelphia comes to Jazz Night at the Michener November 17. Founded in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig and violinist Mark Campiglia, The Hot Club of Philadelphia will be joined by acoustic bassist Jim Stager and other special guests, as well as the legendary Howard Alden on seven string guitar. The Gypsy Jazz outfit is dedicated to playing and preserving the music of Django Reinhardt, adding its own style.
“The Michener will be a center for jazz this season in the elegant Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion,” says Director of Programs Zoriana Siokalo. “What better atmosphere could there be for listening to talented musicians.”
Jazz Nights are all-inclusive evenings featuring:
8 to 10 pm Hors d’oeuvre reception and galleries open
Hearty appetizers and desserts presented by Havana Catering. Refreshments presented by River Horse Brewing Company and Sand Castle Winery.
8:30 – 11 pm Concert with one intermission
Tickets: All reserved table seating: member $40/non-member $48; student ticket $20 with paying adult; reception and museum admission are included in ticket price. Advance tickets only. Purchase tickets early as seating is limited. Sponsored by the Friends of Jazz Night.
The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa. Museum hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm;
Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday noon to 5 pm. Admission: Members and children under 6, free; adults $15; seniors $13; college student with valid ID $11; ages 6-18 $7.50; under 6 free. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call 215-340-9800.