Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.

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03/07/16    Community Articles

Bobby Watson with the Orrin Evans Trio: Best Friends Playing Jazz at SOUTH

Saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, Bobby Watson joined Philadelphia based pianist and composer Orrin Evans for a “What’s Happening Wednesday” jazz music set that only two best friends could have created. The gig was held at SOUTH, the Bynum brothers...


03/02/16    Community Articles

Ramsey Lewis and John Pizzarelli

Legendary and Grammy award winning pianist Ramsey Lewis, and guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli continued their long history of performing together, this time bringing to the audience songs of the legendary Nat King Cole at the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia...


10/12/15    Community Articles

An Evening with Melody Gardot

Philadelphia jazz vocalist Melody Gardot returned home to perform at the Merriam Theater on Friday, October 9th. Gardot is touring her latest release, “Currency of Man". As the theater lights dimmed, the audience cheered as they gazed onto the staged that...


05/31/15    Community Articles

Joey Alexander, 11-Year-Old Jazz Sensation, Opens the Exit 0 Jazz Festival

The Cape May beaches are known for its quartz “diamonds”, collected by many. However, another “diamond” will be remembered in Cape May jazz history! The sensational, Joey Alexander, an 11-year old Jazz genius opened the weekend long Exit 0 Jazz Festival...


05/31/15    Community Articles


With jazz lovers in mind, Asbury Park is kicking off a new tradition at the shore, ASBURY PARK LOVES JAZZ WEEKEND , a three-day weekend of jazz scheduled for August 7th-9th, 2015 in historic Asbury Park. Featuring: BROOKE ALFORD, ALEX BUGNON,JONATHAN FRITZEN...


05/30/15    Community Articles

South Jersey Jazz Society:Tribute to Club Harlem

The 2015 South Jersey Jazz Society Festival in Somers Point, New Jersey paid tribute to Club Harlem, the bygone famous night club in Atlantic City, that gave birth to many of the great names in jazz. The festival line-up included the legendary Hammond B3...


05/01/15    Community Articles

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon – Definitely a “Ten”

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts continues an outstanding season of Jazz at with Artistic Director of Jazz at the Kennedy Center Jason Moran leading The Bandwagon, featuring bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, at the Perelman Theater...


02/24/15    Community Articles

Mardi Gras Celebration with Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts was transformed into a festive Mardi Gras - Fat Tuesday party in preparation for Grammy award-winning trumpeter and bandleader, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO). A pre and post-show party...


12/28/14    Community Articles

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra "Big Band Holidays" Makes the Season Bright

The holiday season got off to a swinging and festive start in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia as the Lincoln Center Orchestra performed “big Band Holidays”, led by world-renowned trumpeter and composer Wynton Marsalis. Vocalist Cécile McLorin...


12/06/14    Community Articles

Jazz Orchestra Of Philadelphia Swings The Harlem Nutcracker

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia brought in the Christmas holiday season at the Kimmel Center, with a very special swinging performance of Ellington-Strayhorn’s, The Harlem Nutcracker, directed by renowned trumpeter, and composer Terell Stafford. “The...


10/08/14    Community Articles

Chucho Valdés - Solo de piano

On Saturday, October 4th the legendary multi-Grammy Award winner Cuban pianist, composer, arranger and bandleader Chucho Valdés, performed an outstanding solo performance at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, located at the University of Pennsylvania...


08/09/14    Community Articles

60 Years Looks Good on the Newport Jazz Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival kicked off its 60th anniversary with a stellar lineup of young and up-and-coming artists, as well as a few favorites. The three-day festival began on Friday afternoon at Fort Adams, with fantastic music on three stages. he venue...


04/17/14    Community Articles

Hugh Masekela’s 75th Birthday Tour in Honor of Nelson Mandela

Back by popular demand, Grammy award-winning, legendary South African trumpeter, composer, Hugh Masekela gave a very special performance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in celebration of his 75th birthday and honoring the late South African leader...


03/28/14    Community Articles

Pat Metheny Unity Group

The Pat Metheny Unity Group, returned to a sold-out crowd of long time fans at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, Sunday, March 23rd. The Unity group featured Metheny on acoustic guitars, bassist Ben Williams on bass, Antonio Sanchez on drums, Chris...


03/26/14    Community Articles

Dr. Lonnie Smith “The Mystic” Guru of the Hammond B-3

The Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio brought the right Jazz medicine to Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, March 22, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, A master and guru of the Hammond B-3 organ, Dr. Smith is a legendary composer and musician who...


01/26/14    Community Articles

Celebrating Bob Perkins: 50 Years in Broadcasting and 80th Birthday

The Somers Point Jazz Society hosted an afternoon of jazz and tributes honoring longtime friend and supporter Bob Perkins of WRTI, as he celebrates his 80th birthday and 50 years in broadcasting. This free event was held at Clancy's By The Bay in Somers...

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About Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.


Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD. joined the JazzTimes community on Mar 28, 2010