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Wilco’s Nels Cline sets the mood at Union Transfer, pays tribute to Philadelphia’s rich musical history

Nels Cline of Wilco | photo by Noah Silvestry

Wilco guitarist Nels Cline recently came through town to play a special evening of Philadelphia music, and Jazz Night in America was there to capture it all on film. Cline’s performance was intended as a sort-of love letter to the music of the City of Brotherly Love, and for Cline, a personal exploration of the city’s musical roots from jazz to soul.

Lovers (for Philadelphia) was a long time in the making, a follow-up project to Cline’s 2016 Lovers album. According to NPR, Cline made several trips to Philly prior to the show to conduct research, visiting cultural landmarks like the Curtis Institute of Music and the headquarters of Sun Ra Arkestra in Germantown. Cline turned Union Transfer into an intimate jazz club for the night, performing songs by iconic Philadelphia artists ranging from Benny Golson to The Delfonics. Continue reading →

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RSVP for Jazz Night In America tribute concert for Philly jazz legend Jymie Merritt

Jymie Merritt | Photo via http://www.bmansbluesreport.com/2013/05/absolution-part-1-jymie-merritt.html
Jymie Merritt | Photo via http://www.bmansbluesreport.com/2013/05/absolution-part-1-jymie-merritt.html

Join WRTI, WXPN, the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and NPR Music’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride for a rare performance by The Forerunners playing the music of legendary Philly bassist Jymie Merritt. Merritt, whose career spans over 60 years, was known for his work with BB King, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Chet Baker, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more, and is known as an innovative double and electric bassist, band leader, and composer. Continue reading →