Spyro Gyra

Spyro Gyra

Bill Jolly's Hard Drive All-Stars

Jul 19 2018 · Thu

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$30 Advance / $35 Day of Show / $45 Seated

This event is 21 and over

Spyro Gyra
Spyro Gyra
Spyro Gyra is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, NY who has continued to reach an international audience over forty years, resulting in sales of over 10 million albums and having played over five thousand shows on five continents. They have accomplished this due to a forward looking approach combined with the work ethic of an underdog, always challenging themselves to do something new while never resting on past success. It has proven to be a recipe for longevity for this jazz group while music has gone in and out of styles in ever shorter cycles.

Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons who observed their fortieth year as a band in 2014 with shows that showcased their breakthrough Morning Dance album. After that year of looking back, they decided to spend 2015 concentrating on their more recent material, playing many songs from their post 2000 releases. The audience reaction was so positive to their recent material that bandleader Jay Beckenstein decided that their albums from that period deserved a little more focus. So, in order to spotlight this innovative and productive period, Spyro Gyra is releasing “The Best Of The Heads Up Years” this spring.

They released their last, their 30th, album of new material The Rhinebeck Sessions in 2013, which Jazztimes called “inspired”. Travis Rogers of the Jazz Journalists Association picked it for Jazz Album Of The Year. Something Else Reviews called it “Their finest album since their early 80s heyday” and made it a TopTwenty pick for the year. George Harris of the Jazz Weekly enthused, “I gotta tell ya, these guys still sound GREAT.”

“My hope is that our music has the same effect on the audience that it does on me,” says group leader Jay Beckenstein. “I’ve always felt that music, and particularly instrumental music, has this non-literal quality that lets people travel to a place where there are no words. Whether it’s touching their emotions or connecting them to something that reminds them of something much bigger than themselves, there’s this beauty in music that’s not connected to sentences. It’s very transportive. I would hope that when people hear our music or come to see us, they’re able to share that with us.”
Bill Jolly's Hard Drive All-Stars
Bill Jolly's Hard Drive All-Stars
Bill Jolly is a (3) time Emmy Award winning composer/ arranger/ musical director and keyboardist. He’s been featured twice in Keyboard Magazine and has composed music for HBO, MTV, NBC, ABC, CBS, Showtime, Columbia Tri- Star Pictures, Millennium Films, Coca-Cola, McDonalds and numerous media outlets globally. He has appeared in commercials and endorsements for Verizon, Hyatt, Bose, Korg, ProjectSam and Advanta Bank. Bill has directed The Emmy Awards, The Rhythm and Blues Foundation Awards, Susan G. Komen’s “Honoring the Promise” Gala (at the Kennedy Center) and Radio One's 25th Anniversary (featuring Beyonce'.) Bill is currently in his 4th year as the Musical Director for the Marian Anderson Awards honoring Motown's Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynton Marsalis, Gamble and Huff and Patti LaBelle along the way.

Bill has performed before (5) U.S. Presidents as well as both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. He’s appeared onstage with Usher, Michael Buble’, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Kim Burrell, Aretha Franklin, Rachelle Ferrell, Chaka Kahn, The All-American Rejects, Musiq, Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Bonnie Raitt, Estelle, Tyrese, Lela Hathaway, Paul Schafer, Wayne Brady and the late Grover Washington Jr. to name a few. Bill was the Choir Director for Celine Dion and Michael Bolton and was a member of the Clinton "We Are The World" Inauguration Choir conducted by Quincy Jones. Bill conducted and directed the orchestra for the Sony/Live Nation DVD and PBS TV special “Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia” as well as the late Teddy Pendergrass’ DVD, “From Teddy with Love.”

His theater credits include Stephen Stahl’s “Lady Day,” (The Billie Holiday story) starring Dee Dee Bridgewater, (Off- Broadway, London and Paris tours) the Off- Broadway comedy, “Norma Doesmen,” “It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues,” “Ain't Misbehavin',” and the gospel play, “The Gate Called Straight.”

Bill was a founding member of the Phila. NARAS branch, was inducted into Overbrook High School's Hall Of Fame and the Phila. Music Alliance Walk of Fame (as a member of TSOP.) He received the 2014 "Will Smith Overbrook High School Distinguished Alumnus Award" from the Elvira B. Pierce Scholarship Fund and received West Chester University's Distinguished Alumni Award and their “Drum Major for Peace” Awards.

Bill's collaborated on music with Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels on his 2012 film, “The Paperboy,” starring Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey and 2013's “The Butler,” starring Oprah, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Jane Fonda, Lenny Kravitz and Forrest Whitaker. He's scored music for numerous independent films and documentaries.

Bill delivered the Commencement speech at West Chester University's 2013 graduation exercises, receiving the first standing ovation for a guest speaker since he graduated. Bill is the global winner of Hyatt’s “The Big Welcome” contest which netted him 365 free Hyatt stays and 1 million free airline miles. He's travelled completely around the world and completed his personal bucket list by seeing all 7 Wonders Of The World. Bill is the leader of the "Hard Drive All-Stars" band and created the Be Jolly Foundation For The Arts to raise money and awareness for music education and the arts. Bill is a single father of a beautiful young daughter named Bianca.
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003