Sound Note

Sound Note:
by Bobby Zankel​

Re-PLACE-ing Philadelphia is building an expanded archive of cultural memory that includes multiple histories, re-place-ing the established with new narratives and understandings. Notes from invited artists and community members consider place via the street, sound, food, trees, and other portals. 

Saxophonist Bobby Zankel shares his Philadelphia playlist. Come see Zankel and the Warriors of the Wonderful Sound perform with Steve Lehman on Wednesday, December 2nd at 8pm. More info HERE.


  • Dizzie Gilliespie Big Band
    Showtime at the Spotlite, 52nd Street, New York City, June 1946
    [playing the “new music”]


  • Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers (Philadelphia’s Benny Golson, Bobby Timmons, Jymie Merritt, Lee Morgan)
    Moanin', 1958


  • Sun Ra & His Arkestra​
    Live At Montreux [2 LP] [Limited Edition], 1976
    [amazing solos from John Gilmore and Germantown based Sun Ra]​


  • Max Roach
    The Max Roach Trio, Featuring The Legendary Hasaan Ibn Ali, 1964
    [legendary under recorded pianist from North Philadelphia]


  • John Coltrane (with Jimmy Garrison, Elvin Jones, and McCoy Tyne)
    Live at the Half Note: One Down, One Up, 1965
    [as good as it gets]


  • Lee Morgan (with Bennie Maupin, Harold Mabern, Jymie Merritt, Mickey Roker, and Jack DeJohnette)
    Live at the Lighthouse, 1970


  • Heath Brothers
    Brotherly Love, 1981
    [South Philly’s first family of the music!]


  • Odean Saxophone Choir Pope 
    Locked & Loaded: Live at the Blue Note, 2004
    [all Philadelphia large ensemble including Cheltenham’s Mike Brecker performing the totally original and brilliant compositions]


  • Gil Evans Presents The John Carisi Group / The Cecil Taylor Group
    Into The Hot, [LP] 1961
    [featuring Philadelphia’s Archie Shepp, Sunny Murray, Henry Grimes, Ted Curson]

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