I am very happy to announce that we have a venue for "Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia" !
Chris' Jazz Cafe' will host this Historically Important evening of musical celebration. The evening starts with a historical presentation and recognition at 7:00pm-8:00pm.
Mayor Michael Nutter's Office has issued an official Proclamation declaring October 25th as "Eddie Lang Day in Philadelphia , and urges all citizens to be aware of Eddie Lang's history-making muscal legacy as well as the rolde of Philadelphia in the developement of early Jazz music".
Lang's solo recordings, duet recordings and Blue Four recordings, will be presented. Then from 8:00pm to Midnight we have several unique musical performances paying tribute to Lang and the music of "The Jazz Age" !
Located on Sansom Street, just off Broad (behind the Union League) Chris' Jazz Cafe' is known for presenting some of the finest Jazz muscians in the city, as well as their great menu.
The room seats close to 200 people and every seat is a good seat. Calling ahead for a reservation is recomended apprx 2 weeks before the show. Parking is right next door and another is a half a block away, so that's never a problem.
Admission is only $10.oo and all proceeds go to the Eddie Lang Music Scholarship Program, designed to help under priveledged children discover music programs and stay off the streets and away from boredom and violence.
Officially on the music roster is :
Richard Barnes & Michael Salsburg playing the Lang/Venuti roles and featuring songs like "April Kisses", "A little Love a Little Kiss", "Wild Cat", "Doin Things" , "Black and Blue Bottom" and more...
Then the Blackbird Society Orchestra ( Philadelphia's Premier 1920s Jazz Band) will take over with their accurate renditions of 1920s-30s songs associated with Lang and others.
Music like this is seldom heard in Philadelphia and is a must see for jazz and music lovers alike. Great for listening to or Flappin' away on the dance floor !
Guitar great Marty Grosz will perform a set of his favorite songs and explain how Eddie Lang influenced him. This man is a wealth of first hand knowledge and his spoken words and stories are as amusing as his playing and singing is entertaining !
Joining us this evening are special friends and guests from the Hoppin John Orchestra , a Philadelphia area favorite and no stranger to Chris' audiences ! Leader Mike Hood is bringing in his "Cornbread Five" to cover some 1920s-30s classic Jazz tunes !
Mike also plans on bringing some of his students from Wissahicken Schools Jazz Band to show just how talented students can be when introduced to Jazz music !
Guitarist Pat Mercuri ( you have seen him with the Midori Brothers) will perform some Lang classic solo guitar as well and we're very happy to have him be a part of this evenings "solo" performers !
Ferko String Band joining us ! The music of the 1920s and 30s has always been kept alive in Philadelphia by the traditional New Years Day Mummers Parade .
JUST ANNOUNCED --- Rounding out the evening will be two of Philadelphia's most renowned players , Jef Lee Johnson and Jon Dichter. They will be performing the music recorded by Eddie Lang with Lonnie Johnson from the 2008 Range Records release "Rediscovering Lonnie Johnson".
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All proceeds go to charity to help children and music programs. We need your support.