Saturday, October 31, 2015

Reflecting on the summer of 2015 - endless music, Philly style!

Although summer has come to a close, things are just really starting to heat up, with the approach of the Rehoboth Beach Jazz festival in October, and while we wait for that, I can reflect on all this summer had to offer us - Penns landing free summer jazz series, The Barnes Museum First Fridays that started in June, Tribute to John Coltrane festival, and the Philadelphia United Jazz festival! This summer like others in the past, packed a powerful punch of entertainment, the arts and culture for the adventurer or social butterfly.

Penns Landing always does a fantastic job with their summer jazz series, and with the A+ musicians that grace the waterfont stage, anyone would expect to pay for such an event, but not in Philly. It has been a free event for more than 15 years, and the lineup just gets better and better.

This year we had the pleasure of seeing Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Peter White, Richard Elliott, and Mindi Abair. The first group we saw “Generation Next” were awesome and we hope to see more of them at other venues. All the musicians came to perform, and perform they did. Anytime there is a outdoor event, the weather is always suspect, but 4 Friday evenings in a row, the weather was superb.

Free jazz in the park on Friday nights is always a good to relax and unwind after a long work week, and University City in Philadelphia showcased local talents during the month of July.

The John Coltrane Festival Tribute was a pleasant surprise for us this year.  Thanks to social media I found out about this event on my facebook newsfeed.  This is years headliner was sultry jazz singer Maysa! along with other talented jazz musicians.

The Barnes Museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is a destination in itself. From the ever growing collection of fine art, to the special events hosted throughout the year, First Fridays at this museum was not only entertaining but a great way to see a some great art.

Overall this had been an amazing summer of music!