For Immediate Release
January 10, 2013
Alan Segal, Executive Director
The Jazz Sanctuary
Teresa M. Hinke, Media Relations
The Jazz Sanctuary Introduces Free Jazz & Joe Concerts
Over 21 concerts slated for the 2013 season
The Jazz Sanctuary founder, Alan Segal recently celebrated a birthday. Not a typical birthday, instead he celebrated a brain surgery date that saved his life after suffering a cerebral arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Not only did the Queen Village resident learn to walk and talk again, he was inspired to give back to the community who aided his recovery process. Hence, the creation of The Jazz Sanctuary, which represents a group of accomplished jazz musicians who regularly perform throughout the area.
Since the 2006 surgery, with the help of a good friend and musician, Mr. Segal an amateur bass player, began practicing six to eight hours a day to improve his motor skills. After days, weeks and months of hard work, he had a revelation. Let’s bring fun, live jazz music to the public and perform at local houses of worship, for free. These coffee – house style performances would be known as Jazz & Joe.
Through the generous support of local sponsors Jazz & Joe is entering its second year to thunderous applause. In the Greater Delaware Valley region, on any given Thursday evening all are welcome to attend a two-hour toe tapping, hand-clapping concert for free. To help defray costs for the host site, a small voluntary donation is always appreciated.
On January 17, 2013, during one of the first concerts of the year, the Alan Segal Quintet will perform at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House, PA 19477 from 7 to 9:00 pm.
The following week, on January 24th from 7:30-9:30 pm, a concert featuring the Alan Segal Quartet will take place at Gloria Dei Old Swedes Church, Columbus Blvd. and Christian Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19147.
The Jazz Sanctuary showcases some of the most accomplished Philadelphia Style Jazz musicians from the area. The core group is comprised of Eddie Etkins on saxophone, clarinet and flute, George Sinkler on piano, Leon Jordan Sr. on drums and CPA turned bass player, Alan Segal. Depending on the size of the venue, guest artists and vocalists will join the core group for a bigger band sound. Since part of The Jazz Sanctuary’s mission is to keep musicians working, multiple performances may be taking place simultaneously at different locations.
Both concerts highlighted are open to the public. Visit the organization’s website at www.TheJazzSanctuary.com for additional concert venues, sponsorship opportunities and booking options. The Jazz Sanctuary would like to thank its sponsors, who subsidize every performance.
Sponsors as of January 2013:
LPL Financial (member FINRA/SIPC), Kevin Supka – sponsors all events; National Penn Bank – sponsoring many events in the suburbs; CBIZ – A national accounting firm – sponsoring many events in the suburbs; Philadelphia Federal Credit Union – Philadelphia events; South Jersey Federal Credit Union – New Jersey events; Playdrome – New Jersey and Philadelphia events; Quantum Think – web site design, logo and printing.
The Jazz Sanctuary’s mission, a 501 (c) 3 organization:
- To maintain America’s great music invention: JAZZ by bringing jazz to the community through performance at community gatherings
- To further the study of jazz to those who cannot afford the cost
- To pay musicians a fair rate for their effort