February was marked by several exciting performances by our multi-talented solos, duos and trios, celebrating some of the season’s most anticipated events as well as elegant private corporate and social events, and exciting gigs at local restaurants and bar lounges.
Laurent is constantly studying and practicing music, and his learning experience with saxophonist and composer Bobby Zankel – founding leader of the Philadelphia based avant-garde big band Warriors of the Wonderful Sound – is bringing his music performances to new heights.
Laurent is also bringing his talent of multi-instrumentalist and music engineering to his solo performance by blending elements of live acoustic jazz and electronica, created by mixing and mastering sound designed electronic music from Ableton Live – a great platform for creative expression.
Mélange Jazz Collective: Mélange’s musicians have a long playing history together; however, each performance always brings their individual and collective experience with a sense of renewed musical sensitivity and creativity. Lately, Mélange has expanded their repertoire with new interpretation of some of the greatest from the 60s, such as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Stanley Tarrentine, among others.
Some of our performance highlights:
InLiquid Arts and Design Benefit v.13 at the Crane Building (www.inliquid.org): One of the most anticipated social happenings in the city, the Benefit & Silent Auction showcases the artwork of hundreds of emerging and talented new artists as well as established artists from the region and an array of business donations, delicious food and entertainment. Laurent was very happy to be part of this amazing event and support InLiquid and the Arts community by performing with LB Jazz +One during the VIP reception. http://inliquid.org/happenings/inliquid-projects/benefit/benefit-v-thirteen/
Penn Law, Mélange Jazz Collective: Penn Law “Bold Ambitions Campaign” culminated with a very sophisticated closing reception at Golkin Hall. Mélange Trio was thrilled to perform for this very special occasion.
Paris Wine Bar, Fairmount area, Bert Harris Duo with Laurent Bass: The duo is a jazz conversation between sax and bass that fits perfectly in Paris Wine Bar, an intimate venue and bar lounge that is recognized for its selective list of wines from the region’s vineyards, a great menu and a commitment to live music. Here is a very interesting article recently published on Paris Wine Bar: www.citypaper.net/cover_story/2012-11-15-paris-wine-bar-philadelphia.html?c=rTriumph Brewing Co., (www.triumphbrewing.com/Philadelphia/) Old City, with Jazz Pulse: Jazz Pulse – jazz/funk/soul, and more – a trio from Kimpedro’s Nu Groove, features Laurent on tenor & soprano sax, percussion and blues harmonica, Bert Harris on electric/upright bass and band founder Kimpedro on drums. Triumph Brewing is a very friendly establishment, known for its eclectic American cuisine and crafted beers and support of live music and local musicians.
Sunday Jazz Brunch at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant (www.manayunkbrewery.com ), Mélange Jazz Collective: Located in the heart of Manayunk, on the banks of the Schuylkill River, this is a great spot for Sunday brunch and enjoy their buffet and a wide range of tasting options and live music with friends and family. Mélange’s next appearance will be on Sunday March 24th, 10:30am to 2:30pm.
Private function at Seasons 52 (www.seasons52.com) , King of Prussia, solo LB Jazz +One: “It could not have been more perfect”, this is how one of our clients described Laurent’s entertainment and solo performance with LB Jazz +One at a recent private reception at Seasons 52 in King of Prussia, in their private event facility. The music was a great complement to Seasons 52’s impeccable service and inspiring and fresh menu.
The upcoming months and Spring season will bring a whirlwind of Arts and cultural events, such as the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), PHS International Flower Show, art exhibitions, concerts and more, but also conventions, private corporate and social events celebrations. We look forward to be part of this exciting season and to perform for some of these events.
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD – OLD CITY NEWS
Old City recognized nationally for its arts scene by ArtPlaces: our Old City neighborhood was named among 12 locations nationwide to be recognized as a vibrant destination that combines the arts and a striving economy. http://www.artplaceamerica.org/articles/americas-top-artplaces-2013/
Old City First Friday Weekends: Old City will launch First Friday Weekends on March 1st. This new initiative will expand First Friday with two new themes, Stop- in Saturdays and Brunch and Browse Sundays, adding a variety of activities, boutique shopping and dining experience.
(Photo from Philadelphia Flower Show, taken by Danielle)
Thank you for your support of live music.