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VARIOUS ARTISTS: "Live at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus"
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This is "Philly in a Box!" Bassist/producer Mike Boone's tribute to Philly's best jazz club includes performances by Shirley Scott, Orrin Evans, Uri Caine, Sam Dockery, Sid Simmons, Jason Shattil, Farid Barron, Bootsie Barnes, Jimmy Oliver, Larry McKenna, Victor North, Tim Warfield Jr., Bobby Zankel, John Swana, Roger Prieto, Terrell Stafford, Arthur Harper, Tyrone Brown, Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham, Byron Landham, "Duck" Scott, Erik Johnson, Dave Browne, Marlon Simon, Craig McIver and Evelyn Simms, all "Live at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus!"


INDEPENDENCE HALL JAZZ BAND: "Agnes the Magician"
NuLYONZ: "15th & Venango to Erie Ave."
SHIRLEY SCOTT TRIO: "Yours Is My Heart Alone"
FARID BARRON: "Bemsha Swing"
TAYLOR/MADOF GROUP: "Nippon Theme"
ORRIN EVANS & JOHN SWANA: "I Want To Be Happy"
JIMMY OLIVER: "The Theme" & "Sweet Lorraine"
ROGER PRIETO QUARTET: "You've Changed" & "Mamacita"
LARRY McKENNA: "You're It"
URI CAINE: "'Round Midnight"
CHRIS LAURY: "The Theme"
EVELYN SIMMS: "Angel Eyes"
SEXTET JAM: "Billie's Bounce"
M.B.'s Bass Direct: "My 'B' String Weighs a Ton"
SAM DOCKERY: "The Theme"
HAUSBAND: "The Sweetest Sound" & "The Theme" (Finale)
CRAIG EBNER: "Passages"
TERRELL STAFFORD: "The Theme"
BOOTSIE BARNES: "Soul Station"
MIKE BOONE FEATURING MARLON SIMON: "Bolivia"
QUARTET JAM: "Bye Bye Blackbird"
TIM WARFIELD, Jr.: "The Theme"
ROGER PRIETO FEATURING LEN BRYANT: "It Never Entered My Mind"
BOBBY ZANKEL: "Emerging From the Earth"
SHIRLEY SCOTT FEATURING BOOTSIE BARNES: "One O'Clock Jump"

What the critics say:

"Ortlieb's is more than a jazz club...and this double CD documents the importance of the Northern Liberties bar run by Pete and Margaret Souders.
The collection moves from Dixieland to post-bop. It presents a snapshot of the turn-of-the-century Philly scene, including such venerable artists as pianist Shirley Scott, saxophonists Jimmy Oliver and Larry McKenna, singer Evelyn Simms, and drummer Mickey Roker. Also featured is the meaty roar of the great Bootsie Barnes, an exemplar of the Philly tenor-sax sound and a generous mentor to the young and restive.
It showcases some phenoms who owe much of their careers to Ortlieb's, such as Orrin Evans, who scored a second in the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition; pianist Farid Barron, who works with Wynton Marsalis; and trumpeter Duane Eubanks, brother of The Tonight Show's Kevin Eubanks.
...this collection, assembled over 14 months by two dogged Ortlieb's veterans, bassist Mike Boone and trumpeter Roger Prieto, offers a good picture of those who pass through."
- Philadelphia Inquirer

"Over the course of two CDs, listeners are treated not only to rare performances by legendary musicians, but also to locally known artists who have chosen to hammer out a career of playing jazz within the tight-knit Philadelphia jazz community...The range of talent on these performances is broad and deep...'Live at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus,' labor of love that it is, tantalizes the listener with a taste of the richness of Philadelphia jazz..." - All About Jazz

"'Live at Ortlieb's Jazzhaus' is proof of the plentitude of jazz talent in Philadelphia, of the breadth of its interests, and of the steadfast dedication of its participants.
Mike Boone and Roger Prieto have gone to great lengths to produce this 2-CD compilation of live performances...to illustrate the city's variety of jazz styles and its acceptance of differences...and...is a valuable collection of tracks that allow non-Philadelphians the opportunity to hear the give-and-take and musical development that occurs within, not to mention getting a sense of the pride that Philadelphians take in their contributions to America's original music." - Jazz News

"...a good documentary of the variety of music played at the club. While I find compilations generally too uneven to sustain interest, these sets contain plenty of solid playing and an obvious level of enthusiasm that must originate from the club surroundings." - Cadence


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