November Happenings

November News and Highlights

A word of thanks!

A huge thanks to all our friends, supporters, partners and music lovers for their wonderful support of our music and entertainment over the year!

A special thanks to our musician friends and artists for their collaboration and for creating and sharing the beauty of music.

Music Agenda and Upcoming Events

November 18, Mélange Jazz Collective Quartet (sax/bass/keyboard/drums), Bala Golf Club, Jazz Night, (private event)

November 19, Bert Harris Trio, Paris Wine Bar, 9:00pm – 12:00am (public event)

December 1, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio (sax/bass/guitar), Warmdaddy’s, Happy Hour hosted by Michael Tozzi and, 6:00pm-7:15pm, (public event)

December 2, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio (sax/congas/bass), First Friday, The Bridge, Old City,

December 10, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio (keyboard/sax/bass), (private function), Davio’s,

December 16, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, First Friday, The Bridge, Old City,

January 5, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Warmdaddy’s, Happy Hour hosted by Michael Tozzi and, 6:00pm-7:15pm, (public event)

January 28, Bert Harris Trio, Paris Wine Bar, 9:00pm – 12:00am (public event)

February 2, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Warmdaddy’s, Happy Hour hosted by Michael Tozzi and, 6:00pm-7:15pm, (public event)

February 25, Bert Harris Trio, Paris Wine Bar, 9:00pm – 12:00am (public event)

March 2, , Mélange Jazz Collective Trio, Warmdaddy’s, Happy Hour hosted by Michael Tozzi and, 6:00pm-7:15pm, (public event)

March 25, Bert Harris Trio, Paris Wine Bar, 9:00pm – 12:00am (public event)

March 31, 2017, LB Jazz +One & MïxT BeatZ, solos, (private function), Union League

May 12, 2017, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio (sax, bass, keyboard), (private function).

May 14, 2017, Mélange Jazz Collective Trio (sax/keyboard/bass), (private function).

Please check our Reverbnation Musician Page for calendar updates,

Event Industry Calendar

November 23, ILEA (International Live Event Association), Annual November Breakfast Meeting,

November 23, PHLCVB (Pennsylvania Convention Visitors Bureau), Annual luncheon,

December 7, MPI Philadelphia Chapter, Holiday after 5,

Celebrate the holidays!

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High Notes for a Perfect Day: A Wedding Celebration

We recently had the pleasure to perform Live for the wedding ceremony and cocktail reception for a very delightful couple – and music lovers – at the iconic World Café Live at the Queen, in Wilmington World Cafe Live Wilmington

The first of our high notes featured our Jazz duet (bass, keyboard) who performed during the musical prelude as the first guests arrived and continued through the processional in the Olympia Room, beautifully illuminated by the glow of a late autumn sunset.

“It might be you”, a specially selected song performed solo on soprano sax marked the entrance and presentation of the bride. The lighting of the candles by the bride and groom followed as our keyboard soloist performed a creative arrangement of Beyoncé’s Ave Maria.

During the recessional, Mélange Jazz Trio performed a resounding “I can’t stop loving you”, by Kem, one of the couple’s favorite artist and song.

The cocktail reception was held on the Balcony where guests enjoyed the cool sounds of Mélange performing a mix of jazz, blues and reggae.

A DJ provided the entertainment during the reception that took place on the first floor.

It was an absolute pleasure to work closely with the bride and groom for over 6 months and to learn about their music preferences and about their vision for their wedding. Our close collaboration with them, with our talented versatile musicians, and our coordination with the venue helped make this occasion a very special and memorable day.

Mélange Jazz Collective’s artists:

Laurent Bass: saxophonist, performed solo and with trio.

Bert Harris: bass player, performed with duo and trio.

Walter Runge: keyboardist, performed solo, with duo and trio.

Jazz Corner

“For the Love of Germantown”

We are proud and honored to have been a part of Philadelphia Jazz Project/Germantown United CCD’s project and to have Mélange Jazz Collective featured on the album “For the Love of Germantown” with an original composition written by our bass player, Bert Harris. This album is in celebration of the rich culture, diversity and history of Germantown, a Philadelphia neighborhood, home of many renowned past and present performing and visual artists. Mélange Jazz Collective Quartet recorded and performed “Sunday Sermon on Mars”, Bert Harris’s original composition. The piece is dedicated to Sun Ra, a visionary musician, composer and band leader who resided in Germantown for some time.

Mélange’s featured musicians:

Bert Harris, composer and bassist; Laurent Bass, saxophonist; Kimpedro Rodriguez, drummer;  Steve Strawitz, guitarist.

The CD is available for purchase on Germantown United CCD’s website Germantown United CCDor by contacting their office directly


Philadelphia Jazz Project – Press Release:

Philadelphia is home to strong musical traditions like Jazz, Gospel, DooWop, R&B, Rock and Hip Hop. Our greatest strength has been the unexpected and wonderful blending and swirling of these traditions into new and fascinating musical creations. One place where this magic happens is Germantown. This community in the Northwestern region of Philadelphia was and continues to be a neighborhood rich in culture, history and diversity. Many renowned Philadelphia musicians, writers, visual artists, media makers and dancers grew up, or made their homes in Germantown.

In the Spring of 2016, Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) began a collaboration with Germantown United Community Development Corporation [GUCDC] and a group of talented Germantown musicians. The task: To record and produce a compelling CD, as a fundraiser for GUCDC. The goal: To celebrate the historical cultural strength and diversity of the Germantown community.

Three recording studios were used, including Boom Room Studios, Spice House Sound and Germantown’s Rittenhouse Soundworks.  PJP reached out to more than twenty musicians, vocalists and poets seeking participants for this project.

CD Release Party with Germantown United & Philadelphia Jazz Project, Sunday, October 30, 2016

The culminating CD, entitled, “For the Love of Germantown” and released on October 30th 2016, is a compilation of nine great Jazz, Blues and Soul performances of new and classic songs.

Featured artists on the album: Bethlehem & Sad Patrick, DM Hotep (David Middleton), Jim Dragoni, John Blake & Steve Giordano Duo, Karen Smith, Kunu Bi, Mélange Jazz Collective, Rob Henderson, Tony Williams & Dave Posmontier.



Best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season.


Danielle Rion-Bass
International Event Professional
Event Leadership Executive Cert., Temple University
School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management
PHL Certified Hospitality Professional