Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.

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12/09/16    Community Articles

Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia: The Harlem Nutcracker and “Trane-ing Day” A Tribute to John Coltrane

The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia brought the holiday season in swinging at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Perelman Theater, in Philadelphia, Friday, December 3, with a very special performance of Ellington-Strayhorn’s, The Harlem Nutcracker...


11/11/16    Community Articles

Chucho Valdes and Joe Lovano Quintet - Collaboration

Five time Grammy-award winning Cuban pianist, composer, and bandleader Chucho Valdes, joined Grammy-award winning tenor saxophonist and composer Joe Lovano for an amazing first-time collaboration that bridged Jazz music and culture, on Friday November 4th...


10/19/16    Community Articles

Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio - CUBA!

Cuban pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa dazzled the audience with his amazing performance at Chris’ Jazz Café on Saturday evening. His band included his brother Ruy Adrián López-Nussa on drums, vocals and piano and Senegalese bassist and vocalist Alune Wade. From...


10/08/16    Community Articles

12th Annual Hub City Jazz Festival

12th Annual Hub City Jazz Festival Thursday, November 3 to Sunday, November 6, 2016 Tickets $55 - $125 Hyatt Regency New Brunswick Two Albany Street New Brunswick NJ, 08901 This four-day event begins on Thursday night with FREE LIVE JAZZ performances at...


07/02/16    Community Articles

The Baylor Project at SOUTH Jazz Parlor

Gerald Veasley continues to bring an impressive array of Jazz performances with his Unscripted Jazz Series on Thursday evenings at SOUTH Kitchen and Jazz Parlor. On June 23, 2016, the audience was treated to an innovative collaboration by the magnificently...


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...

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About Karen Brundage-Johnson, PhD.


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