The Jazz Sanctuary Offers Free Summer Concerts in Philadelphia and Suburbs

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — This summer, The Jazz Sanctuary, Philadelphia’s unique non-profit performing arts group, continues its mission to bring jazz to the community with four free live concerts scheduled for July and August.

The concert series starts on Sunday, July 14, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Doylestown, PA. The performance will be part of the 10:30 a.m. morning service, featuring The Jazz Sanctuary Quintet: Eddie Etkins on tenor saxophone, Leon Jordan Sr. on drums, Randy Sutin on vibes and percussion, James Holton on piano, and Alan Segal on bass.

Next, on Wednesday, July 17, the Quintet will perform at Broad Street Methodist Church in Burlington, NJ. The one-hour concert begins at 7 p.m. and showcases James Dell’Orefice on piano, Leon Jordan Sr. on drums, Randy Sutin on vibes and percussion, Eddie Etkins on tenor saxophone, and Alan Segal on bass.

On Thursday, August 1, the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in Morrisville, PA, will host a “Jazz & Joe” concert starting at 7 p.m. This event features live music, coffee, and treats. The lineup includes James Dell’Orefice on piano, Leon Jordan Sr. on drums, Randy Sutin on vibes and percussion, Eddie Etkins on tenor saxophone, and Alan Segal on bass.

Finally, on Friday, August 9, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Strafford, PA, will present a one-hour concert following services, starting at 7 p.m. The performance will feature the same talented Quintet.

The Jazz Sanctuary was founded by Alan Segal, who faced a life-changing diagnosis of brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in December 2006. After a grueling 13-hour surgery and a 33-day hospital stay, Segal embarked on a challenging recovery process.

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“When I came out of the hospital in January 2007, I couldn’t walk, talk, or read – I was essentially at zero,” Segal recounted. “I had to relearn how to walk, speak, and read. I decided to incorporate music into my therapy and chose the bass.”

By integrating music into his rehabilitation, Segal re-learned essential skills through reading music and playing the bass. His newfound passion for jazz bass led him to give back to the community. In 2011, he founded The Jazz Sanctuary, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Jazz Sanctuary provides the joy of jazz music at no cost to charitable organizations, senior centers, hospitals, rehab centers, community centers, and houses of worship throughout Philadelphia and its neighboring areas.

Jazz lovers are encouraged to attend these free concerts and support The Jazz Sanctuary’s commitment to enriching the community through music.

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