Jazz Bridge welcomes percussionist Joe Harrison and his group to Cheltenham
Music, Hosted By Jazz Bridge
Took place on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Cheltenham Art Center
439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA, 1901
Pianist Dave Posmontier hosts “Jazz @ The Center” First Wednesday Neighborhood Concerts Series at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham, PA, 19012. Please join us on April 6, 2022 as we welcome percussionist Joe Harrison and his group to Cheltenham. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 online in advance at Eventbrite and at the door. Students admission is $5 with ID and children under 12 years old get in for free! But you must register at Eventbrite. MASKS ARE REQUIRED. PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED. This venue has limited seating capacity, so buy your ticket in advance and early to avoid a sell-out. Joe Harrison is a Philadelphia-based percussionist and collaborator whose work celebrates African musical traditions. His Spirit in Jazz Project brings together some of the finest musicians in Philadelphia who delight audiences with spiritually-grounded jazz performances. Joe’s approach to his work is Pan-African, and therefore his performances are supported by African, African-American, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian rhythms. The objective of the Joey Harrison Group is to promote spiritually grounded music in a variety of settings. He strives to provide the listener with high caliber music that feeds the soul. Harrison currently serves as the percussion at Canaan Baptist Church. Joe also was a member of God’s Community Choir under the leadership of the distinguished Cora Wells. Harrison has been influenced by the region’s best musicians, having studied percussion with the late Doc Gibbs, Orlando Fior, Omar Hill, Jan Jeffries, Charles Walker and Juan “Cuco” Castellanos. He also studied and performed with the Tuskegee City Dance Theater Company under the direction of Dyann Robinson. Joe has enjoyed performing with musical talents like the late Sam Reed, Kenney Gates, Thanny Nixon, Tim Hutson, Randy Gibson, Adam Faulk, Webb Thomas, Immanuel Wilkins, Yesseh Ali, Nasir Dickerson, Cornell Rochester (formerly of Joe Zawinul Syndicate), in the region’s most notable venues including Philly's Platinum Grille, The Kimmel Center, Keswick Theater, Merriam Theater, and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In addition to Joe’s work as a musician, he has produced Art Sanctuary’s Annual John Coltrane Jazz Festival, one of Philadelphia’s largest outdoor jazz festivals drawing more than 2,000 persons. And Harrison and his team produced long-standing series at smaller neighborhood venues including the Gospel Meets Jazz series at Philly’s Platinum Grille and Canaan Baptist Church and other venues. Although Harrison has brought world-class artists such as saxophone legend Kenny Garrett to Philadelphia stages, his focus is to provide opportunities for young artists to perform and in turn for audiences to be inspired by their gifts and talents. Harrison’s commitment to young people does not end with music. He works diligently with the men’s mentoring effort at Canaan and has provided programming support for the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts. Jazz Bridge, an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis, sponsors these neighborhood concerts throughout the region to keep the sound of Philadelphia alive. For more info call: 215-280-2254, 215-517-8337 or visit online at jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.