Jazz lovers can enjoy the toe-tapping improvisations of the Jazz Sanctuary at five free concerts in March.
Everyone is welcome at these non-religious – or secular events.
One concert each will be in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery County; two others will be near center city Philadelphia.
These free jazz concerts will take place:
– Thursday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., Jazz ‘n Joe, Trinity Episcopal Church, Routes 202 & 413, Buckingham, PA 18912. 215-794-7921. A Jazz Sanctuary Quintet.
– Thursday, March 21, 7 p.m., Jazz ‘n Joe, Bethlehem Baptist Church, 712 Penllyn Pike, Spring House, Pa. 19477. 215-643-4977. A Jazz Sanctuary Quintet.
– Wednesday, March 27, 7 p.m., Jazz n’ Joe, Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N. Broad St., Phila., Pa. 19107. 215-257-4626. A Jazz Sanctuary Quartet.
– Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., Jazz ‘n Joe, Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon, Pa. 19333. 610-688-8332. A Jazz Sanctuary Quintet.
– Thursday, March 28, 7:30 p.m., Jazz n’ Joe, Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, 916 S. Swanson St., Phila., Pa. 19147. 215-389-1513. BYOW. A Jazz Sanctuary Quintet.
Name: The Jazz Sanctuary
Executive Director: Alan Segal
Based in: Philadelphia
Places We Play: Houses of worship, charitable institutions, hospitals, retirement homes
Claim to Fame: Closing in on 500th performance
2019 Award: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award for Community Service from The Wissahickon Faith Community, Jan. 13, 2019.
Number of Performances to Date: 480 at the end of January
Average Attendance: 50 to 60
Where We Play: 8-County Philadelphia Area
How Long We Play: Usually 2 hours
What to Expect: A marvelous, enjoyable experience
Jazz Sanctuary Musicians: See website thejazzsanctuary.com for event musicians and bios.
Unique Benefit: Attendees enjoy all the benefits of a classic jazz club – with a free-will donation – and no requested cost.
Slogan: Experience the Art of Jazz
Cost to Organizations: $0
Donations: Are always appreciated
Our Sponsors: They help us greatly. Please support them!
The Jazz Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) educational charitable organization.
Alan Segal, a tax-CPA, CPA, MST, CSMC and practitioner for 50 years, suffered a severe brain injury in December 2006. Unable to speak, walk or read, he began practicing his bass five to seven hours a day to recover his hand-eye coordination.
Along the way, he became an accomplished jazz bassist. And 2 1/2 years later, he began The Jazz Sanctuary to give back to the community that helped him.
With the help of its sponsors, The Jazz Sanctuary provides free concerts to places of worship, charitable institutions, hospitals, retirement homes and more – Sundays through Thursdays; “We do ask for a bit of help on Fridays and Saturdays,” Alan says.
His goal is to bring jazz to the community, educate jazz students who can’t afford the cost and pay musicians a fair rate for their effort.