In 1996, PBS interview that Charlie Rose conducted an informative and sometimes a racist agonistic interview; with the author Albert l. Murray on jazz and African American experience. Murray immediately dove in an explanation that encapsulated in what he feels drives art. He has said, "any aesthetic statement has to do with the fundamental attitude towards the experience of a cultural configuration given." In other words, a work of art is the ultimate extension, development, a refinement of a technology of survival "of a given culture."
Murray, a critic famous for his denunciations of too simplistic attitudes on black and white relations, elaborated on the importance of rituals, saying that they place to reconstruct technology of survival to help cultural traditions to survive. Many times these rituals are strictly supervised as in religion, but Murray said he is also a playful aspect of these rituals and play must be combine individuality in collaboration with, and "out of this reconstruction playful comes art.."
The Sunday night jam sessions led by the drummer Rob Henderson and promoter jazz Kim Tucker at Club de Jazz de La Rose Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia for these two years are the embodiment of this playful reconstruction of traditional rites of passage between young and oldthe neophyte and the old Chief, the apprentice and the master, the eager and caution.
Henderson, a 1976 jazz drummer who cut his musical teeth (and school) drag with R & B musicians in the back of a jewelry store, said to me: "when JazzHaus of Ortliebs closed their doors and their sessions on Sunday stopped.", we needed a place for young people to play and network with older players. I thought it was my time. Music has always been very good for me and I learned to play this music on the scene, not in a classroom.
He chose the Rose for their grand piano and the acoustic (Ortliebs' was notorious for his awful piano - something is missing). Henderson, said rather reminds him of the "days of the ancient halls of union, such as former key Club," and indeed, the Rose has this intimate feel Philly him who said, "Come on in and play."
Kim Tucker, daughter of late Sue Ford, a Philadelphia musician and jazz Defender, is a proponent of jazz very active on the stage, and she told me that she has been involved from the beginning with the Sessions of Sunday at the Rose when she "stopped in and I saw how positive it was..." I have been promoting free since! "(In the spirit of disclosure, Tucker is also the Board of Directors of Jazz bridge, a nonprofit I founded).
But Tucker and Henderson soon discovers that promotion is easy with Facebook. Tucker, said that tend to the "younger", as it is called the young players who come in with their parents, was easy using social media. Facebook is word of mouth on steroids and has led to rising teen musicians, social-media-savvy tributary instead. Tucker has said, "" they learn how skills of microphone, to act on the bandstand, which tunes they have to know in the real book - it's the music in real-time industry.""
Many of the "young ones" are from Cheltenham High School, University of the Arts, Temple University and young Kimmel Center and the key Club jazz ensembles. Soloists are 19-year-old saxophonist Dahi divine; 16 years old pianist, Jordan Williams; drummer of 11 years Nazir Zbo, brother of Philly phenom Justin Faulkner. 17 year-old bassist Bruce Ketterer (whose father drives him in reading, PA). drummer Ben singer; and the old 17 years violinist Ben Sutin, which the Group appeared on Chris Jazz Cafe, one of the few remaining jazz clubs in Philadelphia. Photographers l. David Hinton and Anthony Dean make it a point to be present to document those moments at the beginning of what could be the next generation of young lions.
The Rose is an incubator for jazz babies who hunger to learn how to play live music, and special place, they learn such Philly pillars as bassist Mike Boone, formerly with the band of Buddy Rich. bassist Steve Beskrone, former student band of Pat Martino. pianist Orrin Evans, presented in the current issue of JazzTimes; and more importantly, celebrated drummers 86 years Earl Curry (who plays regularly with Coleman Hawkins and Billie Holiday) and 91 years Charlie Rice (veteran band Louis Jordan and the String Quartet by Chet Baker).
The Rose is a Station of Chehaw where human little writer Ralph Ellison is definitely behind the stove, where the art requires that you play your heart because there is usually a person listening that is music. This is where it begins the jazz and how the tradition continues in Philadelphia. As the heroes of blues of Albert Murray, lessons learned from life span; rituals, old leaders constantly teach insist that although you may not always nail each solo, you will definitely go down swinging, ready to jump out and start again all.
The Rose Jazz Club is located at 5531 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, and Sessions Sunday 6-10 a.m. run the club has no website. For more information, call Rob Henderson 267-231-6779.