Saxophonist Odean Pope in performance at the 2016 Jazz Bridge Hawthorne Park Free Summer Jazz Series. Photo by Suzanne Cloud.
As part of the ongoing project Philadelphia Real Book Concerts - New Music in Jazz and Blues, Jazz Bridge presents the third of four concerts celebrating the region's rich jazz heritage. The performance will feature saxophonist and Pew Fellow Odean Pope and pianist and Pew Fellow Dave Burrell. The performances will be complemented by video interviews of prominent Philadelphians remembering the impact of the social and political environment on jazz in Philadelphia during the 1960s, and how progressive thought liberated music from traditional forms.
The Philadelphia Real Book Concerts are inspired by Jazz Bridge's Philadelphia Real Book—the first published collection of compositions by the city's jazz artists. Through a four-part concert series, the project aims stimulate a local jazz renaissance by presenting performances by jazz legends alongside regional musicians.