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native of Philadelphia, PA.
Umar A. Raheemwas born September 22nd, 1943. He became interested in playing the saxophone while still in high school. He began studing Wendall Pritchett at West Philadelphia High School, and also studied music theory and harmony with Wendall at West Philadelphia High School. After a perod of training he began playing around town with various rock bands. He also did some jammin' with musicians like drummewr Jimmy Turner; Pianist Alfie Pollitt; Bassist Donald Mosley and Charles Fambrough; Trumpeter / Pianist Elmer Gibson and many others. A native of Philadelphia, PA. Umar began studying music theory and harmony at West Philadelphia High School and learned invaluable music lessons later while performing with bands in the US Air Force. Afterwards Umar toured in the US, Canada, Nova Scotia, and the Bahamas with various groups. However, he attributes the music of the great Philadelphia bassist, Jymie Merritt, as instrumental in forming his approach to improvisation. Among others who influenced Umar’s music are saxophonists Gene Ammons, Sonny Rollins, Jackie Maclean, and John Coletrane. Umar’s band, The Renaissance Quintet, has been the opening act for Archie Shepp, the late Philly Joe Jones, Sun Ra, and Alice Coletrane. A prolific composer and arranger, Umar strives to keep his music inspirational, innovative, and in the best classical jazz tradition.

Umar Raheem CD discography "Bigboy's Honor Beyond Reproach" is dedicated to my father,Charles H. Truxon, Jr. He was one of the first black men to operate a bus or trolley for the PTC (Philadelphia Transportation Company) and his honor was beyond reproach." (Umar Raheem) ABOUT THE MUSICIANS UMAR A. RAHEEM - Saxophonist and Composer. A native Philadelphian, Umar began studying the saxophone in High School and later began forming his musical style while performing with bands in the US Air Force. He attributes his transcending and unique approach to "SAXOPHONICS" and improvisation to the influences of the great Philadelphia bassist Jymie Merritt, and saxophonists Gene Ammons, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. He has performed, toured, and/ or recorded with Lex Humphries, Reverie, Hank Mobley, Sunny Murray, Jymie Merritt, Monnette Sudler, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and many others. A prolific composer and arranger, Umar strives to keep his music inspirational, innovative and in the best classical jazz tradition. Playing guitar is MONNETTE SUDLER who is one of the premiere jazz guitarists on the east coast. She adds a strong presence and interprets each composition thoughtfully. Playing acoustical bass is WARREN OREE of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. Warren brings creative energy to ...mar Raheem CD discography "Bigboy's Honor Beyond Reproach" is dedicated to my father,Charles H. Truxon, Jr. He was one of the first black men to operate a bus or trolley for the PTC (Philadelphia Transportation Company) and his honor was beyond reproach." (Umar Raheem) ABOUT THE MUSICIANS UMAR A. RAHEEM - Saxophonist and Composer. A native Philadelphian, Umar began studying the saxophone in High School and later began forming his musical style while performing with bands in the US Air Force. He attributes his transcending and unique approach to "SAXOPHONICS" and improvisation to the influences of the great Philadelphia bassist Jymie Merritt, and saxophonists Gene Ammons, Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. He has performed, toured, and/ or recorded with Lex Humphries, Reverie, Hank Mobley, Sunny Murray, Jymie Merritt, Monnette Sudler, Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble and many others. A prolific composer and arranger, Umar strives to keep his music inspirational, innovative and in the best classical jazz tradition. Playing guitar is MONNETTE SUDLER who is one of the premiere jazz guitarists on the east coast. She adds a strong presence and interprets each composition thoughtfully. Playing acoustical bass is WARREN OREE of the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. Warren brings creative energy to ...

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Monnette's INSPIRATION
Monnette’s loves music by classic jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, and Bolo Sete. She continues to be inspired by her family, colleagues and the communities where she has either lived or been of some service. Monnette grew up listening to Nat King Cole and the Motown sounds. Her first teacher was a positive influence that taught folk music of different eras, Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell and Mississippi Reds. Later Monnette was influenced by the music of John Coltrane, Yuseef Lateef, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis. 

Monnette's MUSIC
Monnette’s music reflects her diverse exposure and love of varied genres. Her initial CD’s recorded for Steeplechase records, stays within the instrumental jazz genre with funky grooves on guitar and an occasional sultry vocal styling. Later CD’s on MSM-Records and Discograph reflect a more eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary jazz, soul and poetry. Monnette enjoys playing bass as well as lead guitar, drums and various African string and/ percussion instruments. She is a prolific composer and songwriter/poet. Ms. Sudler has been commissioned to score and or arrange for various ensemble configurations.

Just One Kiss- album reviews 
Like Chicago and Boston, Philadelphia is full of jazz musicians who are well-respected locally but little-known outside of their hometown. A perfect example is guitarist/singer Monnette Sudler; though she's been active on the Philly jazz scene since the 1970s, Sudler hasn't had much exposure in other cities. And unfortunately, she has only recorded sporadically over the years. Though the Philadelphian is quite capable of being cerebral and abstract, Just One Kiss is essentially a commercial pop-jazz/quiet storm outing. Sudler is obviously going after the NAC market on mellow, gentle mood music that ranges from instrumental versions of Major Harris' "Love Won't Let Me Wait" and the Johnny Gill hit "My, My, My" (written by Babyface) to jazzy R&B/pop vocal offerings like "Something Has Come Over Me," "Misunderstandings," and the title song. Although Sudler is a better guitarist than vocalist, her singing has improved over the years. Sudler is no Phyllis Hyman, but her vocals are likable enough on this 1998 release. Nonetheless, the fact remains that guitar playing, not singing, is her strong point -- and on the complex fusion number "A Word to the Wise," she reminds us how strong her chops are. But that track isn't typical of the CD on the whole. For the most part, Just One Kiss isn't among Sudler's more challenging releases, but it's generally pleasant, if unremarkable. And considering how sporadic her recording career has been, one was glad to see her getting into the studio at all in the late '90s. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide