7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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.