The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz ‘Jazz Cultural Voices’ series presents ‘Philly Beats: The Music and Musicians’
The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts will present “Philly Beats: The Music and Musicians,” featuring legendary pianist Alfie Pollitt, Saturday, June 15, as part of the PNC “Cultural Voices” jazz series. The performance will take place at the famed Blue Note Hall, located on 736-38 S. Broad St. on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.
“Philly Beats: the Music and Musicians,” is a heartfelt tribute to the great R&B music which was known as the “Philadelphia Sound.” Groups like the O’Jays, The Stylistics, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, and singer Teddy Pendergrass put Philadelphia on the map as a mecca of great music. Behind the music were producers like Gamble and Huff, who recruited the best musicians in the city to work in their Sigma Sound recording studio, which was Philly’s answer to the hitmaking Motown sound.
Alfie Pollitt, who is best known as Teddy Pendergrass’s musical director, has put together a superb ensemble of young and veteran players to perform for this historic concert. The tribute band includes veteran reed players Sam Reed and George Bussey, trombonist Harold Watkins, as well as Charles Washington on trumpet. The rhythm section will feature Robert “Wah Wah” Legrand and Dennis Harrison on guitar, and Carlos DeVaughn Riley and Greg Moore playing drums and percussion. Sherry Butler, Suzanne Burgess and Shawn Wilson will be providing the vocals for the evening.
“Through PNC Arts Alive, we continue to help invigorate local arts organizations while bringing new and exciting programs to our community,” Joe Meterchick, PNC regional president for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey, said. “The creativity and collaboration demonstrated by the local arts community is evident in the programs that will be introduced, while enabling new visitors and residents alike to experience a diverse range of exhibits and performances.
Tickets are available for $20. For more information, please call (215) 893-9912, or visit the Philadelphia Clef Club website at: www.clefclubofjazz.org .