Philadelphia City Paper Preview

We're pleased to have a bunch of our upcoming activities previewed in this week's Philadelphia City Paper. So no need to take our word for it.

Lucian Ban/Mat Maneri Duo
Romanian-born pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri pair up to perform a stunning blend of free improvisation, contemporary classical and folk music inspired by composers from Ban’s native region.
Jan. 25, Philadelphia Art Alliance

Heath/Iverson/Street Trio
Legendary Philly-born drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath comes home with two younger collaborators in tow: The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson and bassist Ben Street. Together, the three play music that acknowledges Heath’s roots while revealing the drummer’s eternal youth.
Feb. 1, Philadelphia Art Alliance

Melvin Van Peebles wid Laxative
The always unpredictable father of Blaxploitation and early practitioner of spoken word fronts an eclectic funk-jazz band featuring members of experimental hip-hop big band Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber.
Feb. 15, Johnny Brenda’s



Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Led by percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, the AACM-aligned ensemble celebrates four decades of its unique fusion of fiery jazz and traditional African music.
Feb. 12, The Rotunda

Change of the Century: Still the New Thing!
A series of collaborations between the Bride, Ars Nova Workshop and Bobby Zankel pay tribute to some of jazz’s most innovative voices. Zankel will lead an all-star band in honor of pianist Cecil Taylor; Ornette Coleman will be honored by his son, drummer Denardo Coleman, and bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma; and Zankel’s Warriors of the Wonderful Sound big band and the Sun Ra Arkestra will team up to pay homage to Taylor, Coleman and Sun Ra.
March 8 and 21, April 19, Painted Bride