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Ridge Avenue United Methodist Church
7805 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19128
WRTI Radio’s Jeff Duperon and vocalist Rhenda Fearrington co-host “Jazz @ Fellowship Hall” Third Wednesdays Concert Series at Ridge Avenue Methodist Church, 7811 Ridge Avenue, Phila., PA 19128 and will feature saxophonist Larry McKenna on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., tickets are $10/$5 for students, and are only available at the door. Children under 12 years old get in for FREE!
One of the world’s finest Jazz saxophonists, Larry McKenna recently released From All Sides, a new CD supported in part by a Subito Grant from the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Composers Forum. From All Sides showcases eight original works arranged and performed by him, including songs with lyrics by Melissa… Gilstrap, interpreted by the vocalist Joanna Pascale.
Larry’s national reputation as both a masterful Jazz improviser in the bebop and modern Jazz styles of the ‘50s / ‘60s and as an influential Jazz educator is firmly established after five decades. McKenna’s writing and arranging skills are widely known, as are his gorgeous, velvety tenor saxophone sound, the unparalleled beauty of his balladry, and his fluid improvisations. Larry’s status has been affirmed by his myriad fans and the stars with whom he has played and recorded including Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Frank Sinatra.
One of the most sought-out saxophone and Jazz theory teachers in Philadelphia, McKenna has mentored countless students at University of the Arts, Temple University School of Music, West Chester University, Widener University and Community College of Philadelphia. Many of his protégés have pursued successful careers in music and Larry’s influence can be said to have established a Larry McKenna school of saxophone playing in the Philadelphia region.
In recognition of his extensive contributions to the Jazz world, in 2012 Larry was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Jazz Performance and Education from the University of the Arts; the Jazz Master Award from the Media, PA Business Authority; and the Making A Difference Award from Jazz Bridge.
Larry McKenna has performed on “The Tonight Show” and played and appeared in the Nicholas Cage movie “Birdy.” He has published many arrangements for school concert bands which can be purchased from Northeastern Music Publications.
Joining Larry McKenna will be Tony Miceli (Vibes), Dan Monaghan (drums) and Kevin MacConnell (bass).
Jazz Bridge, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors these neighborhood concerts throughout the region to keep the sound of Philadelphia alive.
For more info call: 215-280-2254, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.