Historic GermantownPhiladelphia, PA, United States

Music Alive: Bobby Zankel and the Wonderful Sound Six

By Historic Germantown (other events)

Saturday, August 10 2024 4:00 PM 6:00 PM EDT

August 10, Bobby Zankel and the Wonderful Sound Six

Philadelphia History with “A Change of Destiny,” Zankel’s Music Examines the Lives of Slaves Kept by George Washington at the President’s House in Philadelphia.

The performance will take place in the Historic Germantown courtyard, located at 5501 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA  19144.  Show will begin at 4PM. Bring Your Own Picnic.

Bobby Zankel was born December 21, 1949 in Brooklyn. He first began attracting national attention in 1971, while at the University of Wisconsin as a member of Cecil Taylor’s Unit Core Ensemble and simultaneously working with drummer George Brown’s quartet with organist Melvin Rhyne.

In the early to mid-1970s, Zankel’s underground reputation grew on the New York loft scene, where he performed with the likes of William Parker and Ray Anderson while continuing his apprenticeship with Taylor. In 1975, Zankel moved to Philadelphia to raise his family and expand his artistic vision without heed to commercialism or the trends of the times. He has performed and recorded with such diverse masters as Johnny Coles, Odean Pope, Ralph Peterson, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Oliver Lake, and Marilyn Crispell, among others. Zankel continued working occasionally with Taylor for the remainder of the pianist’s life.

The saxophonist became a devoted son to his adopted city, working with several generations of the finest of Philadelphia jazz musicians. In 2001, Zankel founded the jazz advocacy and education nonprofit Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, Inc., and established an eponymous 18-piece big band as its centerpiece. Composers from Muhal Richard Abrams to Rudresh Mahanthappa have written for the ensemble. All of this creative work has been balanced with 32 years of teaching in the Pennsylvania prisons.