Chester Arts Alive! at Andre’ Cafe’ Acoustique’ presents “Keepers of the Flame” (formerly known as INFINITY) performs this Friday July 28th at 8:00p.m.

As always, the price of admission buys you two long sets, two beverages (beer, wine, soda or water), and a fine buffet dinner at intermission (none of that light refreshment mess).

This is a “must see, hear, and feel experience @ Andre’ Cafe’ Acoustique Friday July 28th @ 8p.m.

Here’s a short video of their performance from 2016 at Andres.

Chester, PA – Chester Arts Alive! (CAA) @ the Andre’ Café Acoustique (ACA) presents “KEEPERS OF THE FLAME” (formally known as INFINITY), for a very special evening with “A Dazzling Display of Modern Classical Virtuosity” / “Modern Jazz at its Finest”!!

“KEEPERS OF THE FLAME” is a fitting name for a six- piece ensemble dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of the past and present masters of jazz. Through its expansive repertoire, the group revives long-forgotten compositions of the great names in the music: Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, among others. The group’s collective style runs the gamut of jazz history from swing to bop to hard bop to blues and funk. Several members of the group double as composers.

“KEEPERS OF THE FLAME” features – Chester resident Farid Majeed (Trumpet), Larry Williams (Tenor Sax), DR. CARLTON L. CANNON JR (Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute), Ed Dawley (Bass), Dennis Fortune (Piano), and Michael F. Carty (Drums).

Tickets are $20 donation at the door (not $25).  Donation includes “Fish / Grits” and more… provided by Open Mike’s and “Wet Refreshments”!!

The André Café Acoustique is located on the NE corner of 5th Street and Edgmont Avenue in Chester, PA – Diagonally across from the Chester Post Office. There are directions and a map at www.andre-cafe.com. For more information call :(609)462-9000.

“KEEPERS OF THE FLAME” (Formally Known as INFINITY)

“KEEPERS OF THE FLAME” is a fitting name for a six- piece ensemble dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of the past and present masters of jazz. Through its expansive repertoire, the group revives long-forgotten compositions of the great names in the music: Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, among others. The group’s collective style runs the gamut of jazz history from swing to bop to hard bop to blues and funk. Several members of the group double as composers. We are a Wilmington, DE. based group that has also worked under the name “Infinity”. We specialize in music of the Bebop / Hard bop (or “Blue Note”) eras. Some members of the group belong to the Delaware Jazz Alliance (DJA).

MEET THE BAND

FARID MAJEED // trumpet and cornet – Farid Majeed is a native of Wilmington, De.  He Began playing trumpet early in the Wilmington, school district. Shortly after high school, he began his studies under the tutelage of Boysie Lowery, He performed with the Boysie Lowery big band for three years. Studied at the Settlement School of music in Philadelphia, PA. Worked with many local musicians in the surrounding Delaware area. Currently a member of the group Keepers of the Flame, a six piece straight ahead jazz ensemble, also a member of the newly formed organization, Delaware Jazz Alliance, a local non – profit organization seeking to unite, empower, support and promote live jazz performance in our community.

ED DAWLEY // bass – Ed (Armistead) Dawley hails from Norfolk, Va., where he first had musical instruction on piano at the age of eight.  One year before embarking on a European sojourn that was to last 16 years, Ed began his study of the acoustic bass.  While studying with bassists Santi Debriano and Curtis Lundy, Ed became a local on the Paris, France musical scene, playing with such notables as Bobby Few, Joe Lee Wilson and Mra Oma.  In 1983, Ed held the bass chair during a one-month gig in Casablanca, Morocco with saxophonist T. K. Blue.  In 1992, he played the Pori, Finland Jazz Festival with Yusef Lateef.
Since 1996, Ed has resided in Dover, Delaware.  Since moving here, he has worked regularly with many jazz groups in the region.   He has been a member of the Delaware Jazz Alliance since 2015.

LARRY WILLIAMS // saxophone – Native of Wilmington, DE. Began playing clarinet at age 9; took up saxophone at 14. Studied woodwind and jazz techniques with Robert “Boysie” Lowery and Hal Schiff, and composition with Mildred McGowan and William Young. Worked as saxophonist/arranger for many local bands. Currently working in two jazz ensembles, Keepers of the Flame and Jazspir. Also co-host of “Clifford’s Corner” on WVUD 91.3 fm on the 2nd Saturday each month. Record collector, composer, arranger and historian.

MICHAEL F. CARTY // drums – Born in Wilmington, Delaware. Attended Berklee College of Music, Moved to New York City in the early 70’s. Soon began playing with people such as William Parker, Steve Grove and the Night Bridge Band, Paul Shapiro Foreign Legion band, and Percussionett, which featured Douglas Hammond, Jermone Cooper, and Michael on percussion. Later joined the Roses Marie Guiraud African Drum and Dance Ensemble,while also performing with Charles Eubanks trio, David Durah trio, Hassan Abdul-Karim Quartet, Vernon James and a host of others.

DR. CARLTON L. CANNON JR // saxophones, clarinet, flute – Currently the Director of Bands at the Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington, DE, Dr. Cannon earned degrees in music and education, Dr. Cannon also honed his music skills by studying at the Jazzmobile in Harlem, NYC under the guidance of Frank Foster and Charles Davis, the Clef Club of Performing Arts in Philadelphia and with the late Grover Washington Jr. His group, the JABARI Jazz ensemble, has been featured at several notable events throughout Delaware.  Dr. Cannon has also recorded several cds.  He has performed with many well known talents including Chaka Khan, Bill Cosby and Donald Byrd. Additionally, Carlton has served as the board president of the Delaware Jazz Alliance Inc. and currently serves as an executive board member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 21, Wilmington, DE.

DENNIS FORTUNE // piano – /Dennis Fortune, adjunct professor of music at Drexel University, has been teaching and performing in the Philadelphia area for over 35 years. He holds a B.A. degree in music and sociology from Dickinson College and is currently the musical director for the groups FVC and The Jenkins Project. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and the world performing with such artists as Esther Satterfield, Jean Carne, Donald Byrd, Billy Paul, Norman Connors, and numerous others. He is the recipient of the Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship for jazz composition. He currently has released five CD’s and produced projects for many other artists. He composed the music for the WHYY television special “Four Presidents the Great American Clean Up” and the Delaware production of “The Four Poster” staring Jasmine Guy and Keith David. Christina Cultural Arts Center awards an annual scholarship “The Dennis Fortune Scholarship for Musical Excellence” to a deserving student studying jazz piano.

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