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    Hawthorne Park

    Live Jazz in Hawthorne Park: Odean Pope Quartet
    Thursday, June 18, 7:00pm
    Hawthorne Park (12th and Catharine)

    Saxophonist, composer, educator and arranger Odean Pope defines the words “living legend.” Joe Lovano called him a “bad, bad beautiful musician,” and another jazz giant, Ornette Coleman, was so moved by Pope’s playing on the recording, “Locked & Loaded,” that he broke down in tears. Then he wrote the liner notes to that recording. While there’s not a progressive giant who Odean Pope hasn’t played and recorded with—including Terell Stafford, Jeff “Tain” Watts and James Carter—he is most fondly remembered as a member of drummer Max Roach’s Quartet for 20 years. Pope was a progressive and forward-thinking player early in the game—and still is–effectively combining elements of bop, funk, R & B, free jazz, and even chamber music (he studied with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s bass clarinetist, Ronald Rubin). Pope’s artistry as performer, composer and arranger has earned him many citations from the City of Philadelphia. Among his many awards are The Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Music Composition (1992), The Rockefeller Foundation (1992) and several from Chamber Music America.


    Back for the third year, The Friends of Hawthorne Park and Jazz Bridge are partnering to bring you top-notch, free, live jazz every third Thursday this summer.  Hawthorne’s Café has generously sponsored this series with support from the 1241 Carpenter StudiosCenter City OrthodonticsTower Investments, and Bainbridge Properties.  And thanks to Hawthorne neighbor Cassandra of Tootsie and Marie for our poster design!

    Here’s the rest of the summer’s lineup:
    July 16 – Barbara Walker Story
    August 20 – Bootsie Barnes and his trio

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