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Jazz on the Square is Hip

Suzanne Cloud on a recent performance in Philadelphia by the saxophonist Tim Warfield, as part of a jazz concert series organized by Leo R. Gadson

Philadelphia-based jazz promoter Leo R. Gadson
Tim Warfield

On April 14th I stepped into history. The Tim Warfield Quartet was adding more than enough sparkle to jazz producer Leo R. Gadson’s Jazz on the Square series and the packed house ate up every note of Warfield’s stellar band ̶ pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Chris Beck.

At the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, under a motto above the stage reading “The Place Where We Meet to Seek the Highest is Holy Ground,” saxophonist Tim Warfield with his signature sunglasses and a hanky in his left pocket opened up with a long cadenza, fattening up the audience for a dive into a swingin’ “Autumn Leaves” in Philly hard bop style. Later, Mulgrew Miller’s solo on that time-honored tune echoed Warfield’s previous runs, giving the impression that he had been playing with the saxophonist’s group forever. Actually Miller had been a last minute replacement.

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