Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

3

The Whammies at Philadelphia Art Alliance

Where

Philadelphia Art Alliance
251 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 545-4302

When

Fri, January 18, 2013
8:00 PM

Add to Calendar 2013-01-18 8:00 PM 2013-01-18 The Whammies at Philadelphia Art Alliance Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the first Philadelphia performance by The Whammies, an all-star sextet featuring leading voices from the improvised music scenes of Amsterdam, Chicago and Boston. Tonight the ensemble performs songs by the late New York City saxophone legend Steve Lacy.

Taking its band name from a Lacy song, the Whammies released an album in 2012 titled The Whammies Play the Music of Steve Lacy. It was the first release on Driff Records, the label founded by Boston-based Whammies members Jorrit Dijkstra (saxophone, Lyricon) and Pandelis Karayorgis (piano). Dijkstra first saw Lacy perform with Whammies drummer Han Bennink (the co-founder of the Instant Composers Pool) in the early 1980s; he was deeply inspired by the composer, and studied with Lacy at the New England Conservatory two decades later. He has referred to Lacy’s book Findings as the “saxophone bible.”

The three other members of the Whammies are the Chicago-based trombonist Jeb Bishop and the bassist Nate McBride (both frequent Ken Vandermark collaborators), and the Amsterdam-based violinist Mary Oliver (whom, along with Bennink, is a member of the ICP Orchestra). Many of the Lacy compositions selected by the Whammies for this project have some sort of personal resonance with one of the group members; for instance, Bennink has fond memories of performing “Ducks (to Ben Webster)” with Lacy. And, in honor of Lacy’s deep respect for Thelonious Monk, the Whammies have worked Monk’s tune “Locomotive” into their repertoire.

“Lacy encouraged us to push the outer limits of the saxophone sound by practicing overtone series,” says Dijkstra about the late saxophonist’s legacy. “He’d say, ‘There’s a whole world up there to explore.’”
Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St. false MM/DD/YYYY

Tickets

$15.00

About

Ars Nova Workshop is thrilled to present the first Philadelphia performance by The Whammies, an all-star sextet featuring leading voices from the improvised music scenes of Amsterdam, Chicago and Boston. Tonight the ensemble performs songs by the late New York City saxophone legend Steve Lacy.

Taking its band name from a Lacy song, the Whammies released an album in 2012 titled The Whammies Play the Music of Steve Lacy. It was the first release on Driff Records, the label founded by Boston-based Whammies members Jorrit Dijkstra (saxophone, Lyricon) and Pandelis Karayorgis (piano). Dijkstra first saw Lacy perform with Whammies drummer Han Bennink (the co-founder of the Instant Composers Pool) in the early 1980s; he was deeply inspired by the composer, and studied with Lacy at the New England Conservatory two decades later. He has referred to Lacy’s book Findings as the “saxophone bible.”...
read more


Taylor Haughton added this event on January 8, 2013


Date Event Venue Time
Feb15Wed Chris Botti McCarter Theater
Princeton, NJ
7:30 pm
$58
Jan25Wed The All-Star Jazz Trio performs every... Square On Square
Philadelphia, PA
7:30 pm
Mar2Thu Joey Alexander Trio McCarter Theater
Princeton, NJ
7:30 pm
$40
Feb25Sat Heath Brothers And Eubanks Brothers The University Of The Arts -...
Philadelphia, PA
7:30 pm
$25
Apr1Sat Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz... Montgomery County Community...
Blue Bell, PA
8:00 pm
$30
Apr22Sat Jane Monheit State Theatre Center for the Arts
Easton, PA
8:00 pm
Feb11Sat Marianne Solivan & The Big Band Williams Center for the Arts
Easton, PA
8:00 pm
$21
Date Event Venue Time
Feb25Sat Heath Brothers And Eubanks Brothers The University Of The Arts -...
Philadelphia, PA
7:30 pm
$25
Feb3Fri Behn Gillece Paris Wine Bar
Philadelphia, PA
9:00 pm
Apr1Sat Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz... Montgomery County Community...
Blue Bell, PA
8:00 pm
$30
Jan30Mon Tony Williams Quartet LaRose Jazz Club
Philadelphia, PA
5:30 pm
$10
Feb12Sun Kat Edmonson Kimmel Center - Perelman Theater
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 pm
$29
Feb12Sun Kat Edmonson Kimmel Center - Perelman Theater
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 pm
$29
May5Fri Kennedy Center Jazz Presents: A... Merriam Theater
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 pm
Date Event Venue Time
Jan25Wed A Jazz Sanctuary Quintet Main Line Unitarian Church
Devon, PA
7:30 pm
May11Thu Garry Tallent Ardmore Music Hall
Ardmore, PA
7:30 pm
$25
Feb14Tue Love Is Love With Kimberley Locke! The National Hotel
Frenchtown, NJ
8:00 pm
$30
Feb18Sat Scott Pemberton Band Live At The Gild... Arden Gild Hall
Arden, DE
8:30 pm
$12
May19Fri Rhythm And Blues And Shoes Rittenhouse Soundworks
Philadelphia, PA
8:00 pm
$15
Feb3Fri Keith Franklin Jazz Group Saltcreek Grille
Princeton, NJ
8:00 pm
Feb7Tue Keith Franklin Jazz Group Witherspoon Grill
Princeton, NJ
6:30 pm
Date Event Venue Time
Jan22Sun Alan Segal Quintet St. Peter's Episcopal Church -...
Glenside, PA
7:00 pm
Jan23Mon Jake Kelberman The Free Library Of Philadelphia...
Philadelphia , PA
7:00 pm
Jan24Tue Leon Jordan Sr. Trio South Jazz Parlor
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 pm
Jan24Tue New Brunswick Jazz Project Emerging... Garden State Ale House
New Brunswick, NJ
8:00 pm
Jan24Tue The Tuesday Trio Campbell's Place
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 pm
Jan25Wed The All-Star Jazz Trio performs every... Square On Square
Philadelphia, PA
7:30 pm
Jan25Wed Alan Segal Quintet Main Line Unitarian Church
Devon, PA
7:30 pm

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!