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Odean Pope

February 26, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey and the New Jersey Jazz Society are pleased to welcome the Legendary Jazz Quartet to the 1867 Sanctuary for a Sunday afternoon matinee jazz concert!

February is Jazz appreciation month, Black History month. Come celebrate with this sizzling jazz history concert! You’ll hear originals, and jazz standards but not to be missed with this all star cast and their legendary stories of John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Max Roach and Jymmie Merritt:

  • Odean Pope, Blue Note recording Saxophonist, (Max Roach quartet, Jimmie Merritt Forerunners and more)
  • Gloria Galante, Jazz Harpist, (Kusangala, Sinatra Orchestra, Diana Ross orchestra and more)
  • Alan Nelson, (Jymmie Merritt, Forerunners and so many more) drummer,( played with trumpeter Hannibal. Currently Alan is performing with the Lines of Reason, Trumpeter Julian Pressley and Bassist Calvin Hill.
  • Fred Vandenberg, Jazz Bassist, composer (Odean Pope,Rufus Reed, World Beat Ensemble, Steve Giordano and more). Currently Fred is performing in the Vandenberg Jazz trio and Legendary Jazz Quartet.

This concert is awesome. Listen to the living legends tell the history and stories of their mentors John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and more. John Coltrane gave Odean Pope his first gig! The music will be touching the soul.

Listen to a preview of these stories on Friday night, February 24, on the J. Michael Harrison‘s The Bridge jazz radio program that begins 10 pm on WRTI, 90.1 FM and www.wrti.org.

Odean Pope, Philadelphia founding father of jazz saxophone, composer, arranger and educator
Ephemeral is not typically what one thinks when hearing Odean Pope, described as a “tenor terror” (Jazz Times, 6/06) who is solidly grounded by marbleized harmonies and tones. A musician’s musician, Odean attracts some of the most exciting musical minds to collaborate with him, as on his upcoming CD, “Odean’s List:” The roster includes James Carter, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Terell Stafford, Walter Blanding, David Weiss, Lee Smith and George Burton. Joe Lovano said, Odean Pope is a bad, bad, bad, beautiful musician, man. Ornette Coleman was so moved when he heard the performance of Locked & Loaded that he cried and wrote the liner notes. A member of the Max Roach Quartet for more than two decades, Odean has performed and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz artists. Odean has spent a musical lifetime developing his distinctive voice that remains boldly inventive and gorgeous.

Alan Nelson, master drummer
As a child, he began as a tap dancer, progressed to African dance, graduated to hand drums, and thanks to another percussion great, Norman Connors, switched to the traps, falling under the spell of greats like Art Blakey, Philly Joe Jones, and a man Nelson considers his main influence, Max Roach. Since those auspicious beginnings, Nelson has played with just about everyone and just about everywhere. I probably know every pot hole and bump on the Jersey Turnpike, he’s fond of saying. His journey has included stints with John Coltrane, the Heath Brothers, Shirley Scott, James Moody, and Jimmy Garrison. In the mid-1970s, he became a part of the New York scene, playing with Hilton Ruiz, George Adams, and what was the beginning of a 12-year association with trumpeter Hannibal Marvin Peterson. As far as he’s come and gone musically and otherwise, he’s true to his Philadelphia roots and his Philadelphia sound. They call it a Philly Tip, he says of his sound and drumming style. It’s a certain kind of swing. A certain sound that Philadelphia players just seem to have.

Fred Vandenberg, musician, composer and bassist
Fred has been playing guitar for 40 years. 6 years ago he changed instruments. He now plays a 5 string fretless bass. Fred Latest CD, Shapes of Things to Come, released in 2016 is all Fred’s original compositions featuring Carlo D’Alessandro on Keys and Tom Cottone on Drums. This is a very exciting Jazz Fusion CD. Freds other CDs include Fred Vandenberg and the Worldbeat Ensemble released in 1994 and his Solo Guitar recording, OFF, released in 2002 featuring his 49 string Harp Guitar. Fred has played with Rick Tate Sr, Ron Howerton, Ted Greenberg, Jim Miller, Chico Huff, Marc Adler, Carlo Dalesandro, Tom Cottone, Odean Pope, Alan Nelson, and Stephe Ferrero, just to name a few. Fred has studied with Steve Giordano, Pat Martino, Harry Leahey, Rufus Reid, Joe Lovano, Steve Turre, Harold Mabern, and Dave Samuels. Fred is currently recording his newest CD and playing with The Legendary Quartet .

Gloria Galante, CMP, MM, BS
Gloria Galante studied the harp with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s premiere female harpist, Edna Phillips, winning the matinee musical award at age 18. Gloria has toured internationally as a solo artist, chamber musician, member of ensembles and orchestras. Gloria Galante is the professor and founder of the WCU harp program since 1990. She is also a composer of works, transcriptions and therapeutic pieces for the harp. She is currently fundraising for the Gloria Galante West Chester University Harp scholarship to give many the opportunity given to her. Ms. Galante is the director of the WCU College of the Visual and Performing Arts Harp ensemble and Philly Harp Jazz ensemble, WCU annual Harp Festival and GMG Harp Forum, Musicopia ensemble leader, and teaching artist on the prestigious Pennsylvania Council of the Arts. Gloria has 30 recordings, 2 dvds, produced 2 therapeutic harp CDS raising donations for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She is a CMP certified music practitioner and an advisor of the MHTP since 2001 (Music For Healing and Transition Program). Currently Ms. Galante has a music ministry as she mentors students on each level and age from 5 years to 92 years, as well as plays in hospitals and hospices.

She is making history as the first CMP, certified music practitioner to play for IVF patients to reduce anxiety during transfers at Toll Center Abington Hospital. She participated as a CMP and part of an IVF team of Doctors, nurses, embryologists in a 2 year powered study completed by Dr. Barmat. Currently, Ms. Galante is available to provide therapeutic music for transfers at this location. www.abingtonreproductivemedicine.com Currently, Ms. Gloria Galante is performing in the Odean Pope Duo, lEGENDARY jAZZ quartet, Warren Oree Philadelphia Freedom Jazz Orchestra/ principal harpist. She is the principal harpist in the Divine hand Ensemble, a nine piece chamber ensemble featuring the concert theremin as an operatic voice. www.gloriagalante.com

Jazz at the 1867 Sanctuary and throughout the Trenton/Princeton area is featured on trenton.jazznearyou.com. Download their app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire!

New Jersey Jazz Society
New Jersey Jazz Society

Preservation New Jersey is pleased that the New Jersey Jazz Society (NJJS) is co-sponsoring jazz events at the 1867 Sanctuary. We encourage fans of our jazz concerts and jazz musicians to join NJJS at www.njjs.org so they receive their award-winning Jersey Jazz journal 11 times a year and other special benefits, including a $5 discount on tickets to Jazz Music Series concerts at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!


February 26, 2017
3:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
101 Scotch Road + Google Map