​​​Thursday, July 14th

Two Shows 7:30pm & 9:30pm

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Wycliffe Gordon

​Musical ambassador and interpreter of America’s music, Wycliffe Gordon experiences an impressive career touring the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz receiving great acclaim from audiences and critics alike. His unmatched modern mastery of the plunger mute and his exceptional technique and signature sound, has solidified Gordon a place in musical history known as one of the top trombonists of his generation. The Critics seem to agree. The Downbeat Critics Poll named Wycliffe “Best in Trombone” for the past three years (2014, 2013 & 2012) and Jazz Journalists Association named him “Trombonist of the Year” in 2013, as well as previous years 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012. He recently received the Louis Armstrong Memorial Prize presented by the Swing Jazz Culture Foundation, and was named Artist of the Year by the Augusta Arts Council. He is a past recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award, among others.   


​​​Thursday, August 11th

Two Shows 7:30pm & 9:30pm

Tickets on sale Monday, June 27th

Will Calhoun

Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres: jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, et al, while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life.  Although most famously known as the drummer for the hard-hitting soul-rock group Living Colour, his work as a jazz and hip-hop drummer working with artists from McCoy Tyner to Mos Def  has earned him special kudos in virtuosity such as:  Best New Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll, Number One Progressive Drummer by Modern Drummer Magazine's Readers Poll three times and Best Drummer by Rolling Stone Magazine's Critics Poll. The Will Calhoun Quintet: Live at the Blue Note is an adventurous journey through Will's approach to acoustic Jazz, World and Ambient music. The line-up features Bobby Watson-sax, Terrell Stafford-trumpet, John Benitez-bass and Orrin Evans-piano. Will's song writing, arrangements and drumming on this CD are ground breaking. Although this was Will's first attempt at fronting a jazz group, Down Beat Magazine, Jazz Times, and BillBoard Magazine have given the CD top ratings. Drum Magazine's readers poll voted Will's CD 1st runner up for Drummer/Band leader. Will has worked with rapper Mos Def, both as a producer and performer. Will brought together an all-star lineup for this project, featuring artists like: Bernie Worrell on keys, Doug Wimbish on bass, Doc Know, the guitarist from Bad Brains, and other special guests.

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Modern Renaissance Jazz Sumer 2016
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Modern Renaissance Jazz Sumer 2016

​​​​​Thursday June 9th

Two Shows 7:30pm & 9:30pm

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James Carter

Saxophone Virtuoso James Carter brings his show-stopping brand of Soulful Jazz to pay tribute the rich musical legacy of Philadelphia artists on Thursday, June 9th for two shows at Alma Mater Music Venue and Restaurant, 7165 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA  19119.  Venue Phone: (267) 335-4909

​James Carter was dubbed one of the "Young Lions" and "Tough Young Tenors" of Jazz in the 90s and is noted as one of the artists to propel jazz full tilt into the future. Carter's talent is equally impressive and powerful on alto, tenor, soprano and baritone and at a blink of an eye he can transition from the powerhouse sax to a beautiful flute serenade. Playing since the age of 11, Carter’s seamless transition from swing, bop and avant­garde fascinates audiences and jazz aficionados alike and makes him one of the most sought after musicians on the international music scene. Mr. Carter has a star­studded history of musical collaborations including artists such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Lou Reed, World Saxophone Quartet, Dee Dee Bridgewater. Kathleen Battle, Lester Bowie and Poncho Sanchez. "James Carter has cemented his reputation as one of the most adventurous, visionary young reed players on the cusp of this new millennium.... Not as an outsider, but as one of the most exciting young virtuosos in contemporary music...." ­ Chip Stern, JAZZ TIMES