Steel City Coffee House is proud to announce the first annual Phoenixville Jazz Festival on Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29. Steel City will be presenting four local and regionally-based performers, some with international renown.
On Friday, January 28, we will present Downright and the Kevin MacConnell Trio featuring Tony Miceli and Erik Johnson. On Saturday, January 29, we will present Gloria Galante & Tyrone Brown and Fusionhouse.
Tickets are available in advance at steelcitycoffeehouse.com. Beginning January 24 they will also be available by phone at 610-933-4043 and in person at the venue during regular business hours. The advance ticket price is $12 per night or $20 for a combo ticket for both shows. The day of show ticket price is $15 per night.
Steel City would like to thank InnerWorkings, ItsAboutMusic.com, Open Haus Studio and WRTI for their support.
Downright: Downright was founded in 2002, when pianist Jon Coyle, bassist Chris Coyle and drummer Marc Dryburgh found a common love for improvisation, groove, and soul. Nine years and many performances later they are still making music and are looking forward to returning to Steel City. The three Spring-Ford High School graduates got their start at Steel City and have performed at the coffee house over 15 times. They have the notoriety of being the first band in Steel City history to sell out two shows in one night, and they did it while still in high school. Since then the Coyles graduated from Temple University's jazz performance program and all three have been very active in the Philadelphia area, playing in various groups and projects of different styles. In Downright, they fuse elements of jazz, funk, indie, and popular covers to create a sound that is very interesting and highly enjoyable.
The Kevin MacConnell Trio: Bassist Kevin MacConnell has enjoyed a busy and varied career since moving to Phliadelphia in 1982. He has performed with jazz greats Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson and Joe Williams and has recorded with tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts. He is equally at home in the classical venues as well, having performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops and numerous small chamber ensembles. Kevin has worked extensively with tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna and is featured on Larry's release Profile, which has received critical acclaim across the U.S. He did a concert series with the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and is performing bluegrass/classical grass with the Depue Brothers Band, who were featured on the nationally syndicated radio Mountain Stage and were featured this summer at the Grand Tetons Music Festival.
Tony Miceli is a legendary vibraphone player from Philadelphia. He has performed with numerous artists including Dave Liebman, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle and others. He is a member of PhilOrch Jazz Ensemble, a quartet featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Adam Unsworth ensemble. Recordings include a self-titled compilation CD, Looking East with the Philly 5; On a Sweet Note, with Gerald Veasley and the Electric Mingus Project; Band Shapes with French pianist Olivier Hutman; Monkadelphia; Music From the Inside Out, a companion CD for the new documentary showcasing the Philadelphia Orchestra; and three upcoming CDs: with Concord Jazz recording artist and guitarist Jimmy Bruno; excerpt this! with Adam Unsworth, French hornist with The Philadelphia Orchestra and a BMG tribute album to Luther Vandross. Tony conducts master classes at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and gives private instruction. He is on the faculty at University of the Arts and Rowan University. In addition, he serves as a consultant to music and arts organizations.
Erik Johnson is a drummer/composer/multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia, PA. He is a member of The Fractals, a Philly based power trio. The intersection of their Venn diagram of influences contains The Police, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, The Beatles, Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Iron Maiden and Stevie Wonder. The Fractals include three of the four members of the former Interscope Records juggernaut "Huffamoose." Erik has performed or recorded with countless artists in myriad styles. His credits include: Ben Schachter's Trio of Many, George Garzone, Tim Hagans, Jack Walrath, Gary Bartz, John Swana, Jef Lee Johnson, Ralph Bowen, Larry McKenna, Jim Ridl, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Kurt Elling, Gerald Veasley, Schooly D, Huffamoose, Jim Boggia, Susan Werner, Karan Casey, Mutlu, Joseph Parsons, 4 Way Street, Ben Arnold, Phyllis Heitjan, Lelia Broussard, Liz Longley, Matt Parrish, Tyrone Brown, Dave Posmontier, Tony Marino, Chico Huff, Amber DeLaurentis, Scott and Brian Bricklin, and countless others. Erik has recorded many jingles and has performed and/or written music for films including "Here Comes Huffamoose," Abel Ferrara's "RX Mas," "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" (with The Fractals) and others.
Gloria Galante: Gloria Galante is a world-class harpist with over 30 recordings to her name. She has brought her harp to music not typically associated with the harp. Classical, pop, blues, jazz, Latin and African - she has played them all. Gloria has performed with Jose Feliciano, Diana Ross, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Luther Vandross, and tenor saxophonist Odean Pope, among others. She and Tyrone Brown co-founded Kusangala and recorded their a self-titled CD. Gloria is also a professor and founder of the harp program at West Chester University's College of the Visual and Performing Arts and she is director of their harp ensemble and annual harp festival. She is also a certified music practitioner and an advisor of the Music for Healing and Transition program.
Tyrone Brown: Philadelphia's Tyrone Brown is a world-renowned bassist who has performed and recorded with some of the most prestigious names in jazz - Max Roach, Grover Washington Jr., Pat Martino, Dizzy Gillespie, Phil Woods, Kenny Barron, John Blake and many more. He has recorded 130 CDs to date and is the author of 2 music books with companion CDs. Tyrone was the recipient of several fellowships and grants from the PEW Foundation, the Independence Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and he has been awarded three composition/recording commissions from the University of Rochester. He has conducted master classes around the world in Barcelona, Jerusalem, Provo, Utah and in Philadelphia. Twice he was voted Best Bassist in the Philadelphia Jazz Magazine readers choice poll.
Fusionhouse: Fusionhouse is a group of talented musicians who write and arrange music based on the classic fusion idiom: high energy, tightly orchestrated ensemble playing, diverse genres with a multitude of grooves and story-telling solos that bring a musical journey to life. The quintet has been together since 2007, when keyboardist Rob Sparre and bassist Cooke Harvey, former bandmates in the band Centrepeace, decided to do something new. They enlisted drummer John Cassidy, guitarist Dave Bozenhard and saxophonist Vince Marinelli. They started out playing chestnuts from Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return to Forever, Pat Metheny and Stanley Clarke, and soon added Weather Report and Herbie Hancock tunes. Now they also work their originals into the mix. The band has developed a following in the tri-state area and we welcome them back to Steel City.