“For the Love of Germantown” Benefit Album
Available for $15 donation
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In the Spring of 2016, Philadelphia Jazz Project began a collaboration with Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) and a group of talented Germantown musicians. The task: To record and produce a compelling CD, as a fundraiser for GUCDC. The goal: To celebrate the historical cultural strength and diversity of Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown community. The culminating album – entitled “For the Love of Germantown” – is a compilation of nine great Jazz, Blues and Soul performances of new and classic songs. Featured album artists include: Jim Dragoni, Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, Karen Smith, DM Hotep (David Middleton), Kunu Bi with Papa Ed Stokes & Tom Lowery, Mélange Jazz Collective with Bert Harris, Tony Williams & Dave Posmontier, Rob Henderson, and John Blake & Steve Giordano Duo.
“For the Love of Germantown!” is another great way for you to support Germantown’s burgeoning arts scene, and Germantown United CDC’s creative and community driven approach to economic development.
Make a donation of $15 to Germantown United CDC to receive your very own copy.
Free shipping is included in the purchase price.
All proceeds support the work of Germantown United CDC.
The CD will also be available for purchase in select retail shops in Germantown soon. Stay tuned!
About The Making of “For the Love of Germantown”
Philadelphia is home to strong musical traditions like Jazz, Gospel, DooWop, R&B, Rock and Hiphop. Our greatest strength has been the unexpected and wonderful blending and swirling of these traditions into new and fascinating musical creations. One place where this magic happens is Germantown. This community in the Northwestern region of Philadelphia was and continues to be a neighborhood rich in culture, history and diverstity. Many renowned Philadelphia musicians, writers, visual artists, media makers and dancers grew up, or made their homes in Germantown.
In the Spring of 2016, Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) began a collaboration with Germantown United Community Development Corporation (GUCDC) and a group of talented Germantown musicians. The task: To record and produce a compelling CD, as a fundraiser for GUCDC. The goal: To celebrate the historical cultural strength and diversity of the Germantown community.
The participating musicians, vocalists and poets were asked to contribute work that was inspired by Northwest Philadelphia’s Germantown neighborhood. The culminating album, entitled “For the Love of Germantown”, is a compilation of nine great Jazz, Blues and Soul performances of new and classic songs.
“For the Love of Germantown” was produced by Homer Jackson for the Philadelphia Jazz Project in collaboration with Germantown United CDC and released on October 30, 2016.
Philadelphia Jazz Project works to inspire a network to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community. Learn more at philajazzproject.org.
Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the Culture Trust | Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation.
About the Artists
Jim Dragoni is Philadelphia-based educator and guitarist, whose clear, sharp and warm style and influences fit in that dynamic region occupied by McLaughlin, Zappa, Montgomery and Coryell. He has performed with Mose Allison, Larry Coryell, Odean Pope and Byard Lancaster.
Bethlehem & Sad Patrick are powerful, genre-bending Philly duo who effortlessly take on Jazz, Blues, Gospel and Neo Soul, sometimes even in the same tune. Songs are life, liberty and the pursuit of joy, identity and spiritual enlightenment are heavy in their arsenal.
Karen Smith is a Brooklyn-bred, percussionist, playwright, producer and bandleader based in Philadelphia. A relentless, spark plug, she engages audiences and inspires her bandmates with her fiery rhythms and high energy.
David Middleton, aka DM Hotep is an architect turned guitarist, who builds sonic beauty with whomever he performs. A member of the Sun Ra Arkestra under the leadership of Marshall Allen, he is comfortable in almost any musical setting: Straight Ahead Jazz, Blues, Funk, avant-garde Jazz. He works most often with his talented wife, violinist and vocalist, Tara Middleton. She’s featured on this performance as well.
Kunu Bi is a group led by multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Papa Ed Stokes & master percussionist, Tom Lowery. Their musical is a bold and masterful gumbo of Jazz, Blues, Folk and West African musical forms, delivered with a thoughtful and loving hand.
Mélange Jazz Collective is a versatile and inventive Philadelphia ensemble who works in the World Beat, Blues, Funk and Jazz scenes. Together for 10 years this exquisite group of Philly music veterans quietly creates great music and excitement whenever and where ever they perform. Bassist Bert Harris is a founding member of the ensemble.
Tony Williams & Dave Posmontier are legendary figures on the Philadelphia Jazz scene. As mentors, performers and educators they share more than a hundred years of musical experience between them. When these masters take the stage, it shows.
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Rob Henderson is a journeyman, Philadelphia Jazz drummer. His bombastic style combines influences from legendary stick men, such as: Art Blakey, Arthur Taylor, Kenny Clarke, and “Big” Sid Catlett. Henderson is a versatile drummer, who can play in many styles, but demands that when it swings, it must swing hard.