Herman DeJong is really, as they say, “putting on all the pots” on behalf of his fellow statesman, Dutch pianist Peter Beets. DeJong plans a mini-tour of Philadelphia jazz clubs for Beets on June 19th, including The 23rd Street Cafe’, Chris’, and the new Orlieb’s jazz club. No doubt the pianist will be asked to sit-in. Herman has also arranged several, all-important, private get-togethers that will feature Beets.

Accompanying the pianist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art concert on Friday, June 22, are two of the best players anywhere–and I’m certain they’ll provide inspiring backing–bassist Lee Smith and drummer Dan Monaghan. Listed as possible, “surprise” sitters-in are area players Frank McKitty,Geoff Gallante and Alan Lewine.

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