The scene was The Cheltenham Arts Center. The time was seven thirty pm. The group was The Anwar Marshall Trio. There were a few incarnations of tonight’s group. For one reason or another, Anwar was forced to bring out the big guns. Saxophonist Adam Siegel, a student of The University of the Arts here in Philadelphia, was summoned down from Albany, NY for the evening. Bassist Nimrod Speaks was a last minute fill-in and wasn’t even in the program of the M.C. Drummer Anwar Marshall has been a hot commodity in and around Philadelphia and is no stranger to the stage. You would think these cats had been playing this music together for weeks, but as I mentioned, they had minimal practice sessions. Whenever I go to a show, I wonder what kind of music will be played, meaning am I going to hear standards all evening or are they going to hit me with some original music. Well this night I was smacked in the face with some Anwar Marshall Originals. People are always asking where the future of Jazz music is going. What will these young folks bring to the table that I haven’t heard already? Well, how many times do you want to hear people playing Half Nelson? Of course, we all want to hear something familiar, but to hear the new writings of a drummer, and have his young band bring the crowd to their feet, then they’re doing something right. By the way, the evening finished with Rhythm Changes for those who needed to be taken back.