Black Cat Brew feat. Steven Bernstein’s MTO Plays Sly



Jazz at the Bride. Creating… Presenting… Educating… Innovating… All for the LOVE since back in the day on South Street. 774 jazz pioneers, 39 years and counting…

Join us for Black Cat Brew – our annual fundraiser affair benefiting the future of award-winning, adventurous jazz presentations at the Bride.

Choose your level of support:

$100 per person {BUY}
(includes: dinner, open bar, early evening entertainment, silent auction entry, MTO Plays SLY concert, your donation)

$75 per person {BUY}
(includes: dinner, open bar, early evening entertainment, silent auction entry, your donation)

$25 per person {BUY}
(MTO Plays SLY concert only – WATCH/MTO personnel below)

Don’t let superstition keep you away from this night of music, mystery and mischievousness. Join us on Philly Jazz Day as we celebrate the living legacy of jazz at the Bride.

What’s on tap?

Starting @ 6pm
Dinner | Drinks (open bar) | Dessert (MENU)

Silent Auction (auction items) & Jazz on Vine iPod Touch Raffle –closes 8pm
Gabe Tiberino paints
Jason Fraticelli Quartet performs
Jazz Karaoke with Sing Your Life Productions (artist options HERE)
Mix & mingle with jazz luminaries from Philadelphia
(including Elio Villafranca and Bobby Zankel among others)

Main event of the evening:
Steven Bernstein’s MTO Plays SLY

Tearing into witty and funky new arrangements of little-known jazz nuggets from the 1920s and ‘30s, as well as radically transforming songs by artists such as Prince and the Beatles, Steven Bernstein (Grammy-nominated composer/Sex Mob trumpeter) leads an improvisational eleven-piece outfit playing irreverent 21st-century  take on music/message legacy of Sly & the Family Stone.

MTO personnel/instrumentation:
Steven Bernstein-trumpet, slide trumpet; Curtis Fowlkes- trombone; Charlie Burnham-violin; Marty Ehrlich- clarinet, tenor sax; Michael Blake- tenor/soprano sax; Erik Lawrence baritone/soprano sax; Will Bernard-guitar; Ben Allison- bass; Kenny Wollesen-drums; Jamie Saft-organ; Dean Bowman-vocal

Potential set list for the show:
Stand | Family Affair | Que Sera, Sera, M’ Lady, You Can Make it If You Try
Everyday People, Time, Thank You For Talking to Me Africa

Check out MTO’s live performance of
M’ Lady featuring John Medeski

All funds raised from this special event will be used to benefit Painted Bride Art Center and its programmatic and educational activities. Help ensure the Jazz on Vine journey continues!


Black Cat Brew Artist Committee

Richard Dray, John Santos, John Ellis, Monnette Honesty, Fred Frith, Jane Ira Bloom, Chico Freeman, Ann Dyer, Orrin Evans, Elio Villafranca, Adam Rudolph, John Hollenbeck, Hannibal, Greg Osby, Ben Schachter, Bobby Zankel, Jamie Baum, Vijay Iyer, Sunny Jain, Papo Vazquez, Jaleel Shaw, and Odean Pope.