HEADING INTO FALL
Summer vibes may be ending soon but we’re excited about the return of a vibrant fall season in our city, a season filled with many events and happenings of every kind. We, at LB Entertainment, are thrilled to launch a new season of entertainment showcasing an array of great live music performed by outstanding musical artists.
WHAT WE DO
Our location in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia, puts us in the center of the area’s musical life. We are close to this area’s many arts organizations, entertainment and event venues, as well as near many professional musicians and many of our clients.
For more than 20 years, we have been building strong ties with both soloists and groups looking for “gigs” and with event planners looking to add a special musical experience. Whether the occasion be small and personal – a wedding or other family affair – or a big event staged by professionals in the hospitality or meeting industry, LB Entertainment can provide the right choice in musical style, ambiance and personality. We – and the musicians and performers we represent – have consistently come through for some of the best-known companies in our region and at some of its most prestigious venues. We have also booked many engagements outside the Greater Philadelphia area and even overseas.
For more information or to request a customized entertainment proposal for your special event, please contact us at Danielle@LBEntertainmentintl.com. We will happy to give you more information about artists, rates and availability.
Music Agenda (public events)
Join us to kick off our fall music season! We’re delighted and grateful to be back at some of our favorite music venues and to be invited to perform at some exciting new destinations. Enjoy a delicious jazz brunch, Happy Hour, or a late jazz night to the sounds of Mélange at one of the city’s iconic venues, or for a unique experience at one of the community event happenings. Here are some of our scheduled public performances:
MONDAY NIGHT JAZZ AT SASSAFRAS – 6:30pm-9:30pm 48 S. 2nd Street, Old City PA 19106
We love Sassafras’ classy vibes and vintage iconic bar lounge and restaurant, a hidden gem located in the heart of our Old City neighborhood. Enjoy Live jazz, delicious cocktails and an eclectic menu in an intimate setting. Mélange Jazz Duo, featuring saxophonist Laurent Bass and bassist Bert Harris, will return at Sassafras on the following Monday nights: August 28; September 11; September 18; October 2; October 9; November 6; November 13; December 4; December 11 – 6:30pm-9:30pm.
WARMDADDY’S FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH HAPPY HOUR – 6:00pm-7:15pm, 1400 S. Christopher Columbus Avenue, PA 19147
Kick start the weekend at Warmdaddy’s Happy Hour Thursday Night Groove Series hosted by Michael Tozzi and ijazzglobal.com. Free parking; free admission and complimentary buffet. Mélange Jazz Collective will return for First Thursday of the Month event on: November 2, December 7 – 6:00pm-7:15pm
WEEKEND NIGHT JAZZ AT PARIS WINE BAR – 9:00pm-12:00am, 2301 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19130.
Experience some of Philadelphia’s finest live Jazz at Paris Wine Bar, a cozy and intimate Parisian style bistro located in the Art Museum area. Look for the Bert Harris Trio (bassist Bert Harris, saxophonist Laurent Bass, percussionist Karen Smith) on August 26, October 21 -9:00pm-12:00am.
SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH, MANAYUNK BREWERY RESTAURANT – 10:30am-2:30pm, 4120 Main Street, Philadelphia PA 19127
A go to spot for Sunday Jazz brunch for those seeking great live music along with delicious buffet options, craft beers and more. Mélange Jazz Collective will be featured at Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant on Sunday September 3, October 29, November 26 – 10:30am-2:30pm.
SAVE THE DATE: A TASTE OF ARDMORE – October 12, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Save the date, Thursday October 12 – Taste of Ardmore is back! Mélange Jazz Collective Trio is thrilled to be performing again for this year’s Taste of Ardmore on Thursday, October 12, 6:00pm-9:00pm. Taste of Ardmore celebrates and showcases Ardmore’s vibrant and diverse restaurant scene while raising funds for the Ardmore Initiative.
STOCKTON MARKET – Market Day Music – Saturday September 30, 12:am – 3:00pm, 19 Bridge Street, Stockton N.J.
Enjoy live music and delicious food at Stockton Market ‘Market Day Music’ on Saturday September 30 to the sounds of Mélange Jazz Duo! Stockton Market is a year around destination focused on local, artisanal and delicious food located in the picturesque rivertown of Stockton. Featuring Laurent Bass on tenor saxophone and Bert Harris on bass.
SUPPORTING A GOOD CAUSE
PNAA FOUNDATION YOUTH SPORTS FUND GOLF OUTING
LB Entertainment is proud to support PNAA‘s mission (The Philadelphia Non-Profit Advertising Agency) and to participate in its Golf Outing on September 19 at Bala Golf Club. The event is to support PNAA’S mission and raise funds for youth sports and educational organizations in the Philadelphia region.
“For the Love of Germantown” Benefit Album
Our musical artists always look for new creative horizons and challenge themselves artistically. Their latest track recording, “Sunday Sermon on Mars”, a soulful and funky composition by bassist Bert Harris (dedicated to Sun Ra) recorded with Mélange Jazz Collective’s fresh and creative sounds, is part of the newly released album, “For the Love of Germantown”.
Mélange Jazz Collective’s featured artists on this album include: Laurent Bass on tenor saxophone; Bert Harris on bass; Steve Strawitz on guitar; Kimpedro Rodriguez on drums.
“For the Love of Germantown!” is a great way to support Germantown’s burgeoning arts scene, and Germantown United CDC’s creative and community driven approach to economic development.
Available for $15 donation through Germantown United CDC’s website: http://germantownunitedcdc.org/programs-and-projects/germantownalbum/
Laurent LB Bass & Mélange Jazz Collective
”Mélange Jazz Collective is a versatile and inventive Philadelphia ensemble who works in the World Beat, Blues, Funk and Jazz scenes. Together for 10 years, this exquisite group of Philly music veterans quietly creates great music and excitement whenever and where ever they perform.” Philadelphia Jazz Project
Mélange is a fusion of individual musical talents who combine a diverse and rich range of musical backgrounds and styles inspired from Jazz to Latin, funk, blues, reggae, new music to world beat music. Recognized as one of the premier Jazz bands in the Philadelphia area, Mélange is known on the Jazz scene and event circles for crafting and performing fresh artistic interpretation of Jazz standards and for its creative original compositions.
The ensemble can perform as instrumental – or with a vocalist – as duets, trios, quartets or larger ensembles depending upon the event requirements.
Laurent LB Bass and MïxT BeatZ (Jazz meets House)
Philadelphia-based, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, composer, educator and partner at LB Entertainment LLC, Laurent LB Bass is at the vanguard of solo live entertainment in electro-acoustic performances and is an active member of the Philadelphia Jazz collective.
With Jazz as his home base, LB has been pushing the boundaries of music for years. Well-known for his special solo electro-acoustic performances with LB Jazz +One and MïxT BeatZ and for his performances with Mélange Jazz Collective, LB is recognized for producing sophisticated and creative cross-over genres and upbeat soundscapes through original compositions/remix in electro genre and Jazz interpretation using Ableton Live and Max for Live cutting-edge music production technology. His performances integrate live performances on soprano and tenor saxophones (at times with the accompaniment of other live performers) with original electro samples and reflect his wide musical experience in Jazz, World, Afro-Cuban, Latin, Electronic
Laurent is a recipient of Ableton Live Producer Certificate program by Ableton AG, a Berlin-based music software company. He studied extensively with composer, alto saxophonist and Jazz innovator, Bobby Zankel, with clarinetist and saxophonist Norman David, and with flutist Dr. Cynthia Folio. He recently attended Buster Williams School of Music and completed their Summer Jazz Intensive program. In March 2015, he was awarded Akademia Award for best funk/jazz song for his original composition, Feelin Good (http://www.theakademia.com/march2015_bestsong_funkjazz.html)
Laurent received his Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education and his B.A. from Temple University.
Influencers: Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sony Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Turrentine, Nile Rodgers, Pat Metheny, Nils Petter Movaer, Thievery Corporation.
LOOP 2017, Berlin
Ableton Summit for Music Makers
10 – 12 Nov 2017
As a performer, electronic music producer and recent recipient of Ableton Live Producer Cert. Program, Laurent is planning to attend LOOP 2007, an international summit for music makers hosted by Ableton. The event attracts a diverse range of music makers, thinkers and cultural creatives whose goals are to collaborate on new ideas, share new techniques, and make new connections. It will be held in Berlin November 10-12, 2017.
LOOP is three days of discussions, performances, presentations, studio sessions, installations and interactive workshops aimed at exchanging ideas at the cutting edge of music, creativity, and technology. Bringing together artists, technologists, educators and other creative thinkers, LOOP is a collective exploration of what it is to make music today and what it could be tomorrow.
John Coltrane (1926-1967)
Leader of the avant-garde trend in the 60’s, John Coltrane is considered today as one of the most influential saxophonists and creative masters in jazz improvisation, inspiring generations of artists. Born in North Carolina in 1926, John Coltrane moved North to Philadelphia in 1943 during the Great Migration and stayed until he moved to NY in 1958.
On July 21, The Philadelphia Clef Club and Performing Arts and The Warriors of the Wonderful Sounds led by Saxophonist Bobby Zankel presented the 50th Anniversary Homage to John Coltrane, honoring his life and his music.
FringeArts Festival, September 22-24: A Love Supreme, a dance performance inspired by “A Love Supreme”, Coltrane’s 1965 jazz masterpiece, will be presented by choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker at FringeArts 140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia.
The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music Festival – October 5-8, 2017 – FringeArts Building
The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music is a 4-day music festival presented by Ars Nova Workshop in collaboration with FringeArts. Artists lineup and tickets: http://www.theoctoberrevolution.org/
Join us in celebrating a new musical season! We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming performances or performing at one of your special celebrations.
Thank you for your support and interest in our entertainment and live music.