Master Guitarist Lionel Loueke’s Trio Headlines Guitar Summit

by Lauren Somers

Lionel Loueke

Lionel Loueke

The Lionel Loueke Trio, featuring acclaimed multicultural master jazz guitarist Lionel Loueke, will headline the 6th annual Monnette Sudler’s Philadelphia Guitar Summit at Montgomery County Community College on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Tickets cost $28. Visit or call 215-641-6518 for more information and tickets.

A veteran of bands led by Terence Blanchard and Herbie Hancock, Loueke brings jazz into vibrant contact with the sounds of his homeland in Benin, West Africa. He combines harmonic complexity, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African folk forms, and numerous techniques on acoustic and electric guitars to create a warm, evocative sound.

Loueke has studied at the National Institute of Art in Ivory Coast, the American School of Modern Music in Paris, Berklee College of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Hailed by the New York Times as a “gentle virtuoso” and by Hancock as a “musical painter,” he has toured the world and recorded with such legends as Jack DeJohnette, Charlie Haden, Kenny Barron and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. His trio includes bassist Michael Olatuja and drummer Mark Guiliana.

The annual event, which gives students, musicians and guitar lovers the chance to learn from world-class guitar masters, is presented by Sudler―a jazz guitarist, composer, singer, poet, band leader, producer and teacher who founded the event in 2009 and is known as Philadelphia’s “first lady of guitar.” Summit performers will include PGS World Ensemble, Nikolay Gavlishin (classical guitar), Jimmy Bruno (jazz guitar), Carol Kaye (bass, guitar), Leonard “Doc” Gibbs (percussion), Tony “TNT” Jones (bass), Princess Fatu Gayflor (vocals), Dave Doggett (pedal steel guitar) Jerry Doe (drums), Marcy Francis (shakere) and Sudler (guitar, vocals and other instruments).

This performance is made possible by grants from the William Penn Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and is partially supported by The Leeway Foundation in cooperation with Montgomery County Community College.

The College’s Lively Arts series has connected the community for more than a quarter century. In addition to performances from internationally acclaimed artists, each season features a Young Arts Explorers series; student choral, jazz ensemble, guitar, dance and theater performances; the Presidential Symposium and Richard K. Bennett Distinguished Lectureship for Peace and Social Justice; and the Betzwood Film Festival. Upcoming performances include Grammy-winning jazz-soul fusion artist Gregory Porter on Feb. 8; Thelonious Monk Competition winner Cécile McLorin Salvant on Feb. 21; Latin American folkloric and jazz musician Miguel Zenón on March 21; and legendary harmonica player Grégoire Maret on April 18.

For more information, visit, email or call the Box Office at 215-641-6518. Follow the College’s “Destination Arts” page on Facebook at

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