Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pics!: 3rd Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival Pictures 7/18

Presented by Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Association

West Powelton Steppers Drill Team

Monnette Sudler & Sumi Tonooka performs

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell speaks at Festival

Drummers Perform

Enjoying the performance set up

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Sat 7/25 @ 1:30: Building Your Financial House

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival-A Success!

The 3rd Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival on Saturday was a success! Thank you to everyone who came out and supported. Check back soon for images and event recap.

-Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Association

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Countdown to the Jazz Festival: Two More Days to Go!

Lancaster Avenue 21st Century Association presents the 3rd Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival at Saunders Park (39th & Powelton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA), Saturday July 18, noon-7 p.m. For more information contact Terry Shockley at 215-387-1911. Open mic session will be at 12:30 p.m. and jam session at 5 p.m. Hope to see you all there.

Robert Kenyatta and the MGII Ambassadors

Below is more interesting information on percussionist Robert Kenyatta who is set to perform at the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival on Saturday July 18!

For over fifteen years, Robert Kenyatta has taught African percussion music to students (3 - 10 years of age) at Montessori Genesis II School. Each year, a group of the students, who show exceptional promise, have performed with him around Philadelphia. They are known as the MGII Ambassadors, but have also been dubbed "The Tempo Masters". Venues, where they have performed, have included the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Academy of Natural Sciences, Swarthmore College, EEOC Black History Celebration, World Cultures Day at the Philadelphia Zoo, and Penn's Landing just to name a few.

Montessori Genesis II located at 3529 Haverford Avenue is a private independent school founded by working poor parents in 1976. Located in the Mantua Community of West Philadelphia, the school specializes in early education (Pre-K thru 4th Grade). As a great little urban school, it opens its walls and includes the best of Philadelphia as part of its curriculum and programming.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Robert Kenyatta Added to Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival Lineup

This just in: Percussionist Robert Kenyatta has been added to the performance lineup of the 3rd Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival.

Kenyatta who is also a griot, and educator has played with a wide range of artists, including Sonny Rollins, jazz bagpiper Rufus Harley, Wilson Pickett, and the Beach Boys. The 3rd Annual Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival, Saturday July 18, noon- 7 p.m. at Saunders Park (39th & Powelton Ave). Also performing will be world renowned jazz artist Monnette Sudler, pianist Sumi Tonooka, the Ruh Ensemble and more.

Looking for something to do after the Jazz Festival?

Check out Nate McIntyre's, owner of Body Rock Boot Camp on 3858 Lancaster Avenue, art exhibit "Turnstyle: An Ever-changing Rotation of Visual and Audio Art" taking place Saturday July 18, 7 p.m. - midnight immediately after the Lancaster Avenue Jazz Festival.