A celebration for Kwame

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This evening, which took place at Reuben’s Marc, was all about Philadelphia saxophonist, Kwame Hall. Friends, loved ones, and maybe even some enemies gathered to wish Kwame a great ride. What ride you may ask? About a week after this benefit, Kwame will be undergoing a surgery that will change his life. Will Kwame still be able to get down on his horn again after this? That’s not important. What IS important is that each and everyone who showed love by attending and even those who couldn’t make it have another opportunity to talk with, share stories, and just be a friend to Kwame as they are now. This event turned into a jam session of some of Philly’s finest musicians, even Emily Braden and Cynthia Soriano took the ride down from NYC to show love.  Musicians like singers T.C. III and Meg Clifton,  drummers Donald Edwards and Robert Henderson, saxophonists Victor North and Glenn Williams, on trumpet were Josh Lawrence and Messiah Harley. Orrin Evans handled the keyboards and Mike Boone held his own for the evening on bass with Joseph Harrison on percussion.  Altogether, the evening was full of love and music. I say love first because after the music stopped, there was still the love.

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The Mary Lou Newnam Quartet

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Jazz Bridge, a non-profit Philadelphia based organization has been bringing Jazz and Blues concerts to the Delaware Valley for years now. They have multiple locations which rotate weekly with their individual shows. This particular week, I decided to attend The Cheltenham Arts Center to see The Mary Lou Newnam Quartet which consisted of Mary Lou Newnam on tenor sax, flute, and clarinet, Sonny Troy on guitar, Alec Newnam (Mary Lou’s son) on bass, and Rich Santucci on drums. This group had a pleasing, laid back sound. They moved through the Standards book like a child through a bucket of ice cream. I actually felt child-like smiling and listening to the band and hearing them during the question and answer intermission. They concluded the evening with a few more gems for the crowd and as they were finishing up, putting instruments away, the much appreciative fans showed their joy in hearing this group by having their very own meet and greet.                                                                                    For more information about Jazz Bridge, go to www.jazzbridge.org

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The Great Tastes of Jazz & Beer

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Last night I had the chance to attend the weekly jam session held at The Penn Tap Room in Doylestown, PA. This session is run by guitar virtuoso Larry Tamanini.  It’s a small intimate establishment with a nice crowd who appreciates the music that comes their way. It was a very cold night, but the music was warming to the soul and the beer selection there is incredible. If you aren’t doing anything on Sunday nights, even if you are doing something, plan an evening here for some great music.  You can visit the web site of this establishment by clicking on the following link….  Penn Tap Room

 

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Jazz from the Underground

I am lucky enough to have been asked to participate in a Jazz Photo Showcase at this event. I can’t wait to see everyone’s work framed and hanging up. Seeing images online is one thing, but up close prints that are matted and framed is what this is all about. I have been shooting Jazz musicians seriously for nearly 8 years and you can’t beat getting up close at one of these performances. This will be my second major showing of my Jazz imagery. Back in 2012 I was part of a 4 man show that ran at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, Philly Jazz- A View Through the Lens.  It was great working with other photographers who share the same passion as myself. If you would like to know what drives us, click here –  A Jazz Photographer’s Story.  

 

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Father’s Day Offer

Show that special Dad how much they mean to you with an Anthony Dean Photography photo session. For Father’s Day, I am offering $50 off the shooting fee. Normally $150, this special gives you a savings of $50 in which you can put towards extra images for loved ones. After all, hasn’t he worked hard all year? Let him relax while I do all of the work.

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