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The Jazz Cocktail “Hour”

About the Jazz Cocktail “Hour”
2018/2019 Jazz sponsored in memory of William E. “Bill” Donoghue 1941-2017.

Great jazz for everyone! The evening begins with drinks or a signature cocktail, and small bites. Concerts are held on the second floor, The Univest Room, of  the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. This intimate room allows the audience to experience the creative, improvisational form of jazz, up close and personal. Sara Michaels, jazz and blues vocalist and local resident, gives a brief introduction to connect the artist with the audience.

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December

Jazz Cocktail Hour:

The Cartoon Christmas Trio: Featuring Choir Members from Local Elementary Schools

Thursday, December 20, 2018 6:30pm

Merry Christmas! Since its inception in 1995, established solely for the purpose of capturing the nuances of the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi and his contemporaries, Cartoon Christmas Trio has been the premier interpreter of the classic soundtracks of holiday cartoon music, especially the music of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”.

January

Jazz Cocktail Hour

Prohibition Party!
with Vocalist Chelsea Reed & The Fair Weather Five & performances by The Swing Kat Dancers

Thursday, January 17, 2019 6:30pm

Swing your way into the New Year!

  • Vintage Dress strongly encouraged.
  • Hooch Tastings by Manatawny Still Works begin at 5:30pm in the Uptown! Bar.
  • Swing Dance Lesson with Faryl Codispoti of The Swing Kat Dancers for 20 VIP ticket holders at 5:00pm.

Chelsea Reed & The Fair Weather Five play at all the best swing dances, jazz clubs and concert halls from renowned Philadelphia venues to nationwide Lindy and Blues exchanges and workshops. They’ve had the honor of sharing the stage with trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and he is featured on their 2017 release, Spreadin’ Rhythm Around. They love exploring the roots of jazz and finding creative ways to interpret forgotten songs. 

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by  January 12, 2019

Sweet & Spicy Nut & Pretzel Mix $6.99
Pesto Grilled Veggie & Tortellini Salad $8.50
Rosted Chicken – Goatachoke Spread – Carmelized Onions Ciabatta $10.50
New York Cheesecake Cookies $6.50

February

Jazz Cocktail Hour:

Paula Johns presents “The Look of Love”, A Tribute to Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick

Friday, February 15, 2019 6:30pm

You’ll hear songs like, Alfie, What the World Needs Now, Valley of the Dolls, The Look of Love, I Say A Little Prayer, and many other familiar and not so familiar songs. We’ll recount the relationships between Burt Bacharach & Dionne Warwick, as well as the many other singers like, Dusty Springfield, Streisand, Marlene Dietrich, Elvis Costello & many others he’s worked with throughout his amazing career that ran from the late 1950s through the 2000s, many in collaboration with popular lyricist Hal David.

Sharing the stage in this presentation will be the Dave Hartl Trio: Musical Director, Dave Hartl on Piano, Andy Lalasis on Bass & Grant MacAvoy on Drums

*Please note: this special Valentine Jazz Cocktail Hour is on a Friday!

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by Saturday, February 9

Asian Snack Mix with Nori $6.50

Mediterranean Chick Pea Salad $8.50

Southwest Barbecue Chicken Wrap $10.50

Persian Love Cake $6.50

March

Jazz Cocktail Hour

Mike Boone Quartet with Jazz prodigy, Mekhi Boone

Thursday, March 21, 2019 6:30pm

Bassist Mike Boone’s jazz story began when he was just eight years old. After attending the finest schools of music, touring with legendary performers like Buddy Rich and Ben Vereen, and recording with many more, he settled into the Philadelphia jazz scene. Here, he plays with luminaries such as saxophonist Tony Williams, pianist Trudy Pitts, WCU’s John Swana as well as pride and joy, jazz prodigy and son, drummer Mekhi Boone. He teaches at Temple University and frequently tours with Ben Vereen and Jazz Organist, Joey DeFrancesco.

Mekhi “Kaboom” Boone, Mike Boone’s youngest son, plays six instruments (piano, drums, trumpet, electric bass, upright bass and electric guitar), though his parents knew early on that his favorite would be drums. Gifted with perfect pitch, he has never had a lesson and plays by ear, mentored by Lil John Roberts, drummer to Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. Now 12, he’s been playing professionally since age 7 on Philly and NYC stages, a fixture at Chris’ Jazz Cafe. When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Mekhi replies “I’m ALREADY what I want to be!”

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by March 16, 2019

Tex Mex Snack Mix $6.50

Caponata with Grilled Pita Wedges $8.50

Genoa Salami- Fresh Mozzarella- Roasted Red Peppers- Pesto- Ciabatta Roll
$10.50

Double Decker Brownie $5.00

April

Jazz Cocktail Hour

Terell Stafford with Rhenda Fearrington

Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:30pm

Terell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York City, is hailed as “one of the great players of our time” by jazz legend McCoy Tyner.

Stafford is recognized as incredibly gifted and versatile, combining a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to weave rich trumpet traditions with his own artistic interpretations.

Rhenda Fearrington is a fan favorite at Uptown! with her warm, authentic presentation of Jazz Standards and soulful originals. A former back-up singer for Roberta Flack and MTUME, she has performed at all of the notable Philly venues. She also writes independent blogs/reviews about the Philadelphia Jazz scene.

Menu provided by Delightful Desserts. Orders must be received by  April 20, 2019 

Tropical Popcorn Mix $6.99

Golden Rice Salad $8.50

Roast Beef-Roasted Garlic Aioli- Caramelized Onions- Lettuce- Tomato $10.95

Lemon Lavender Rice Pudding $6.50

May

Uptown!s Annual Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch

Uptown! Divas & The Terry Klinefelter Trio

Sunday, May 12, 2019 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Whether it’s a girls day out or Mothers joined by their loved ones, Uptown!’s Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch will be deliciously entertaining! Join us in the Univest room for a menu that will satisfy all. Enjoy listening to WCU’s jazz pianist, Terry Klinefelter and her trio for the first half our program. The second half of our program presents “The Uptown! Divas”, three top Jazz vocalists, including Rhenda Fearrington, Sharon Sable, and your host Sara Michaels, presenting “Inspirational Songs of Woman and Mothers”.

Coctails & Brunch includes

Garden Frittata
Apple Smoked Bacon
Brioche French Toast
Fresh Fruit
Farro Salad with Root Vegetables
Baked Goods Tray
Mimosa or Bloody Mary