Free Evening Concert
Thursday, July 16, 2015 @ 7 p.m.
Hawthorne Park, 12th & Catharine
The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition (HEC), sponsor of “Friends of Hawthorne Park,” and Jazz Bridge present jazz vocalist Barbara Walker for a free jazz concert in Hawthorne Park, 12th and Catharine Streets, on Thursday, July 16. The show runs from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy.
From her musical beginnings as a 16-year old vocalist who first sang professionally with her organist father, Bill Walker, Barbara Walker continues to be recognized as a dynamic, passionate and incredibly powerful singer, and an artist whose performances exemplify the word “excitement.” Her vocal artistry in the worlds of jazz, rhythm and blues, theater and motion pictures is known across the world. Jazz-wise, she’s toured the country with artists such as Grover Washington, Jr., Herbie Hancock, Uri Caine, Diana Krall, Les McCann, Bradford Marsalis, Al Jarreau, Chick Corea, Nancy Wilson, The Manhattan Transfer and Maynard Ferguson. In R & B, Walker has appeared with Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and LL Cool J. Her work in the American Music Theater Festival’s “Essentially Ellington” received rave reviews. And jazz loving film goers with big ears will recognize Barbara Walker’s rendition of “Here Comes the Morning” in the hit Hollywood film “The Score” starring Marlon Brando and Robert DiNiro.
Jazz Bridge is an award-winning nonprofit dedicated to assisting Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians in times of crisis. The Hawthorne Empowerment Coalition is the non-profit community organization for the Hawthorne Neighborhood of South Philadelphia. The Friends of Hawthorne Park and Jazz Bridge have partnered to bring you top-notch, free, live jazz every third Thursday this summer. Hawthornes Café has generously sponsored this series with support from the 1241 Carpenter Studios, Center City Orthodontics, Tower Investments, and Bainbridge Properties. And thanks to Hawthorne neighbor Cassandra of Tootsie and Marie for our poster design! Further information: jazzbridge.org or hecphilly.org.