Stormy Weather? Not For Long…

A custom forecast just for us! We party rain or shine tomorrow. Not much “shine”, but no rain. Thanks, Cecily! That Andrea’s a pain, anyway. Too high maintenance… If we’re going to deal with divas, they’d really better have some big chops!

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    2013 Sponsors & Partners

    Heartfelt thanks to the sponsors who make The Main Line Jazz & Food Festival possible.

    These local businesses love jazz. How about you show them some love in return? We encourage you to visit their websites and patronize their businesses.

    Main Line Jazz Fest Among Top Five Suburban Philly Beer Week Events

    Teresa's wraps up Philly Beer Week at Main Line Jazz & Food Festival

    Teresa’s wraps up its extensive calendar of Philly Beer Week events at Main Line Jazz & Food Festival

    No wonder Main Line Today Magazine lists MLJFF13 among it’s do-not-miss events during Philly Beer Week: On Saturday, June 8th, Teresa’s Next Door really pours it on with “Troegs & Tunes” — a kegger with a jazz twist. Sample the dozens of beers on offer and dance the day (and night) away to the sounds of the Main Line Jazz Fest’s eclectic lineup of performers.

    The lineup of craft brews for 2013 includes:

    Scratch 97 Black Rye IPA and Triple Hopped Perpetual IPA in firkins and on tap
    Scratch 88 Chocolate Stout
    Scratch 94 Apricot IPA
    Scratch 95 Kolsch
    Scratch 97 Black Rye IPA
    Scratch 98 Mango IPA
    Scratch 99 Naked Elf
    Rugged Trail
    Mad Elf
    Flying Mouflan
    Perpetual IPA
    Sunshine Pils
    Dreamweaver Wheat
    Hopback Amber and Pale Ale.

    Top Five Suburban Events to Hit During 2013’s Philly Beer Week – The Main Course – May 2013 – Main Line, PA.

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      Luke Carlos O’Reilly Returns to MLJFF


      Pianist Luke Carlos O’Reilly has a long association with Main Line Jazz Fest, having performed at our International Jazz Day Party this past April and with MLJFF artistic director Laura Munich’s band Métisse in 2012 and 2013. At this year’s fest, O’Reilly draws on his latin heritage as he performs with his band Sofrito, which features Josh Lawrence on trumpet, Steve Beskrone on bass, Anwar Marshall on drums and François Zayas on percussion.

      Luke Carlos O’Reilly + Sofrito perform at 1:30pm.

        Radnor High School Honors Band Kicks Off MLJFF13

        Radnor High School Jazz Band, performing at MLJFF in 2011.

        Radnor High School Jazz Band, performing at MLJFF in 2011.

        Main Line Jazz & Food Festival is happy to welcome back The Radnor High School Honors Jazz Band as our opening act for 2013. Consisting of select students ranging in age from 14 to 18 years old, this year’s group has had a tremendous showing, traveling widely to competitions, performing at community events and even showcasing at Universal Studios City Walk in Orlando, Florida.

        RHS Honors Jazz Band is a member of the Cavalcade of Bands jazz circuit and has competed extensively this year. Winners of several “best trumpet” and “best trombone section” awards, the group has consistently earned superior ratings in competition. Band members Carey Bina (tenor Sax), Andrew Lin (trombone) and Ethan Lee (piano) have also been honored as best soloists. The ensemble is under the direction of Mr. Daniel Drew, assisted by Mr. Matt Piatek, and is proud wrap up the season with their performance at MLJFF.

        The Radnor High School Honors Jazz Band performs at 12 noon.


          Mozaic Flow — A Multifaceted Musical Tableau


          The brainchild of trombonist Jermaine Bryson, Mosaic Flow combines elements of hip-hop, be-bop, blues, go-go, rock & roll, R&B, neo-soul, pop and other musical idioms into a multifaceted musical tableau, much like the colorful artform that is its namesake.

          Bryson has performed with many accomplished artists — including The Roots, Jay Z, Kindred, Public Enemy, Musiq Soulchild, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Earth Wind and Fire, Michael MacDonald, and Eddie Levert — has recorded on numerous albums and performed on the VH1 Hip Hop Honors Awards, among other television shows.

          Mozaic Flow performs at 4:30pm.

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            Gatsby-Era Jazz From Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society

            Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society

            Noted for blazing tempos and fiery improvisations, the early-1900s blend of ragtime, blues and brass band marches became known as Hot Jazz. Influenced by early jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, King Oliver, Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti, The Midnight Jazz Society revives the sounds of the 1920s and ’30s and adds its own signature style. Sticklers for authenticity, the ensemble’s attention to detail extends from its repertoire right down to their vintage clothes and period instruments.

            Bandleader-cornetist-vocalist Drew Nugent started playing piano as a young child, picked up the violin at nine years old, and eventually became obsessed with Scott Joplin and Ragtime as a teen. Enthralled by Louis Armstrong and Wynton Marsalis, he became a self-professed “jazz freak”, researching the history of the music and the personal stories of its musicians. Nugent has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion”, played onboard the Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen steamboats as a pianist and singer and even aboard vintage railroad cars in New York City.

            Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society perform at 6pm.

              Red Baraat @ Main Line Jazz Fest


              We’re thrilled to feature Red Baraat as the headliner for our 10th anniversary festival. The high-octane ensemble’s world-jazz-flavored party vibe is sure to close out Main Line Jazz Fest’s 2013 edition with a bang! Formed in 2008, this Brooklyn-based octet has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra rhythms with elements of jazz, go-go, brass funk, latin and hip-hop.

              Leader Sunny Jain has performed with Peter Gabriel, Norah Jones, and Rudresh Mahanthappa; Red Baraat played at globalFEST, theFestival International de Jazz de Montréal, Sunfest, Lincoln Center,The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival (Finland) and Molde Jazz Festival (Norway), among many others. The band has been featured in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and they’ve even given their ownTED “talk”.

              Red Baraat performs at 7:30pm.

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                A Mix Of New Standards With The Jōst Project


                The Jōst Project is comprised of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/arranger Paul Jost, vibraphonist Tony Miceli and bassist Kevin MacConnell with drummer Charlie Patierno. Main Line Jazz Fest-goers will get a sneak peak of TJP’s debut album, Can’t Find My Way Home, a collection of contemporary jazz arrangements of “new standards” scheduled for release in August. Covering songs by Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, The Beatles, Jim Hendrix, Simon and Garfunkel and more, the quartet’s approach to re-imagining these iconic tunes is inventive and fresh, and the deceptively simple instrumentation preserves a scrappy, authentic rock-and-roll energy behind the virtuosic improvisation.

                The Jōst Project performs at 3:00pm.

                  Ellington & Coltrane — In A Sentimental Mood

                  Photo: Wikipedia Commons

                  Photo: Wikipedia Commons


                  In honor of the 114th anniversary of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington’s birth.

                  First released on 1963′s Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (Impulse!), then reissued in 2001 on that same label’s Coltrane for Lovers, with other tracks recorded between 1961 and 1963 — nearly 40 years after the original recording date.

                  John Coltrane – In A Sentimental Mood – YouTube.

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                    Happy Birthday, Toots!

                    Toots Thielemans

                    Photo: Jos Knaepen


                    “I feel best in that little space between a smile and a tear.” — Toots Thielemans

                    Born 91 years ago today in Brussels, virtuoso jazz harmonica player, Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, is still going strong, with two concerts scheduled in his native country this May. Toots’ distinctive sound is featured on many movie soundtracks — including Midnight Cowboy, The Getaway and Jean de Florette — and  on television commercials. Some TV viewers, particularly those old enough to remember the iconic “Old Spice” commercials of the 60s and 70s, might be more likely to recognize his whistling than his harmonica player.

                    His expressive and lyrical tone has been sought after by a host of musical greats spanning multiple genres: he’s collaborated with George Shearing, Jaco Pastorius, Natalie Cole, Pat Metheny, Paul  Simon and Billy Joel, just to name a few. Quincy Jones has called him “one of the greatest musicians of our time.” Adding that “he ranks with the best that jazz has ever produced. He goes for the heart and makes you cry.” Affinity, his duo album with Bill Evans, may be one of the most beautiful albums of all time. Here’s one of our favorite tracks from that landmark recording:

                    Toots Thielemans-Bill Evans 04 The Days Of Wine And Roses – YouTube.

                    Toots Thielemans-Bill Evans 04 The Days Of Wine And Roses – YouTube.

                    Bill Evans — piano, keyboards
                    Marc Johnson — bass
                    Eliot Zigmund — drums
                    Larry Schneider — flute, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
                    Toots Thielemans — harmonica

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                      International Jazz Day 2013 Teaser

                      International Jazz Day – YouTube.

                      It looks like next Tuesday’s International Jazz Day Global Concert in Istanbul is shaping up to be a real blockbuster, with likes of Wayne Shorter, Robert Glasper, Terrence Blanchard, Jean-Luc Ponty, Milton Nascimento, Anat Cohen and a host of other stars from around the world scheduled to perform.

                      Can’t make it to Istanbul? First, check out this IJD2013 teaser reel and peruse the International Jazz Day site and youtube channel.  Then, get your peeps together and hit the Main Line Jazz Fest Jazz Day event at Classic Coachwork Group on Tuesday, April 30, 6-9pm.

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                        Herbie Hancock

                        Photo: Martin Schoeller

                        Photo: Martin Schoel













                        Jazz is really about the human experience. It’s about the ability of human beings to take the worst of circumstances and struggles and turn it into something creative and constructive. That’s something that’s built into the fiber of every human being. And I think that’s why people can respond to it. They feel the   freedom in it. And the attributes of jazz are also admirable. It’s about dialogue. It’s about sharing. And teamwork. It’s in the moment, and it’s nonjudgmental.
                        Herbie Hancock, UNESCO ambassador and chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

                          International Jazz Day 2013 with Main Line Jazz Fest

                          On Tuesday, April 30, musicians, artists, scholars, students and jazz lovers all over the world will gather to celebrate and learn about jazz, its rich heritage, and its potential to inspire intercultural dialogue, cooperation and communication. Join Main Line Jazz Fest as we kick off our 10th anniversary year and mark International Jazz Day with a special celebration and the announcement of our 2013 festival lineup. Special thanks to our sponsor Classic Coachwork Group, whose shop will host our pop-up jazz club. Hope to see you there!RSVP to info@mainlinejazz or on Facebook.

                          Photo: Alex Lowy (

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                            Danilo Pérez’s Panama 500 at PIFA

                            Photo: Raj Naik

                            When students are allowed to learn jazz then they become more creative in every aspect of their life. They learn in music to respect, accept, tolerate each other and fight back with love and peace. — Danilo Pérez


                            UNESCO Artist for Peace Danilo Pérez plans to wrap up Jazz Appreciation Month next Tuesday at Boston’s Berklee Global Jazz Institute. But this Friday, Philadelphians can get a jump on International Jazz Day and join the pianist/composer on musical journey to his homeland. Make that his homeland circa 1513. Perez’s time-travelling opus Panama 500 recounts the journey of Spanish explorer Vasco Núñez de Balboa, a conquistador who traversed the isthmus of Panama and was the first European to reach the Pacific from the New World. The piece combines traditional folkloric, jazz and classical elements with creative improvisation.  Says Pérez, “It’s about the Pacific Ocean talking to me in a dream, telling me the story of the ocean as a holder of the secrets of the ages.”

                            Danilo Pérez’s Panama 500, a musical presentation of Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. Friday, April 26, 8pm, at the Kimmel Center. With Brian Blade (drums), Ben Street (bass), Roman Diaz (percussion) and Alex Hargreaves (violin).

                              International Jazz Day Festival Preview Party, Tuesday, April 30

                              festival_logoMain Line Jazz and Food Festival Organizers invite you to join musicians and jazz lovers around the world in celebrating International Jazz Day. While the official event is being celebrated in Istanbul Turkey this year, we will be celebrating right here in Wayne! Gather some friends and come to Classic Coachwork Group in Wayne for an evening of sultry jazz, savory food and sexy fashion. We will have a pop up jazz club right there to preview our main event.

                              Tuesday, April 30 6:00 – 9:00 pm

                              Classic Coachwork Group

                              228 E. Lancaster Avenue



                                A look back at 2012…

                                We were thrilled to have group of ultra talented musicians grace our stage last year.

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