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First Friday! Odean Pope: Sounds of the Circle

Nightlife / Music / Social / Performance

Friday, September 6, 6 – 9pm


$28; Patrons, Contributors, member guests, and students $10; Supporters and Sustainers free

About the Event

Saxophone legend Odean Pope presents Sounds of the Circle, a musical suite honoring the collective genius of the jazz innovators who lived, jammed, and performed in North Philly neighborhoods and clubs in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. Renowned artists John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Hasaan Ibn Ali, Benny Golson, Shirley Scott, Reggie Workman, and Pope himself rose to prominence in Philadelphia, adding to the city’s singular and enduring jazz legacy. Pope’s original compositions show how this inspired circle resonates and continues to spark innovation.

Major support for Sounds of the Circle has been provided by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

Includes access to the collection and Bill Viola exhibition, as well as a screening of I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like (dir. Bill Viola, 1986, 89 min.) at 6pm in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium.

Cocktails and light fare available for purchase, including warm Philly pretzels with beer-cheese sauce, meatballs al forno, and a fruit and cheese plate.

Don't miss our terrace! Enjoy drinks and light bites on one of the largest covered outdoor spaces in Philadelphia.

Odean Pope

Pope, a Philly-raised saxophonist, educator, and composer, draws from a variety of musical influences, including Philadelphia jazz and R&B of the ’50s and classical woodwind chamber music. His work as a musician and educator has been recognized by the City of Philadelphia, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Rockefeller Foundation, Chamber Music America, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Afro-American Historical Society, among others. In 2017, he received the Living Legacy Jazz Award from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.