Category Archives: Artists

Tony Miceli


Tony Miceli has been performing for the last 30 years on the vibraphone.  He is a musician, performer, composer, and teacher who performs presently as a leader and sideman in countless jazz clubs and concert halls throughout the US and abroad.

He has performed with such jazz greats as David Friedman, Joe Magnarelli, Dave Liebman, and Elio Villafranco.  He has played in festivals and clubs including the Degu Jazz Festival( Korea), The Percussion Festival of Patagonia, The Reading Jazz Festival, The Melon Jazz Festival, Festival De Primavera (Santa Eufemia, Spain), Somers Point Jazz Festival (Somerspoint, New Jersey), Chilpo International Jazz Festival (Pohang, South Korea), Long Wood Gardens Wine and CheeseJazz, 12th International Percussion Festival of Patagonia,the Kimmel Center(Pennsylvania), The Jazz Standard, The Zinc Bar, The Irridium, The 55 Bar(NYC), Evans Club (Korea), Thelonious (Argentina), and The Mallet Institute(Dusseldorf Germany) and many others.

Tony’s workshop appearances include The Curtis Institute of Music, The Royal Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland, Millersville University, and the Universities of Delaware, North Dakota, Iowa, among others.

•Tony is the founder and artistic director of
•Teaches at  University of the Arts and Temple University
•Tony has recently moved to Germantown

Tony Miceli

Monnette Sudler


Monnette Sudler is a jazz guitarist, composer, vocalist, bandleader, performer, poet, and recording artist known throughout United States and internationally. She has performed with many jazz greats including Hugh Masakela, the late Grover Washington Jr., Byard Lancaster, Odean Pope, Kenny Baron, Steve Turre, Frank Lacey, bassists Gerald Veasely and Reggie Workman. She has recorded with poets Sonia Sanchez and Pew fellow Trapeta B. Mayson.

Monnette is the recipient of the Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation as well as the Art and Change Grant 2014.  Most recently Monnette received two grants – one from The Philadelphia Chapter of the Composers Forum for “If You Could Hear These Walls Talk”, in cooperation with the Mural Arts program, and the other, an Artist in Residence Grant, from the Kimmel Center in collaboration with vocalist/composer Vennissa Santi.

She is the founder and artistic director of the Philadelphia Guitar Summit going into its 7th year. In addition to the PGS annual concert, workshops she has offered include String and Roots Folklore, Women Behind the Guitar and the guitar techniques of Pat Martino and Lionel Loueke.

•Produced several CDs, most recently, “Born Again” Ladies Night Out released on MSM Records in 2012 which features an all-female quartet (Guitar, drums, organ and alto/soprano sax).

• •Studied at Berklee College of Music and received her degree from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music majoring in composition, music therapy and performance.

•Included in recent publications: The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide by Scott Yanow and Growing up with Jazz: by Royal Stokes

•Native Philadelphian living most of her life as a resident of Germantown.

•Affiliations: BMI-Broadcast Music Inc.; ASCAP Academy of Recording, Arts and Sciences, Inc. NARAS; American Composers Forum, Philadelphia Chapter; P.A.E.P. Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership; Chamber Music America , Mechanical Copyright Protection Society MCPS/PRS

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Contact: 267-626-0054
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Noriko Kami, Leesa Dawn Robinson,Monnette Sudler,Lynn Riley

Noriko Kami, Leesa Dawn Robinson, Monnette Sudler, Lynn Riley

Victoria Huggins Peurifoy

Victoria is an author, Poet, Spoken word artist, Storyteller, writer, biographer/Ghost Writer, Photographer, Consultant, Facilitator, Voice Talent, and Narrator. She is a member of White Rock Baptist Church. Ms. Puerifoy has self published 11 books, three chapbooks and three CD’s including her autobiography, A Blade of Grace, and a children’s book, Battery Man.

• 27 year resident of Germantown.
• Facilitator of two poetry classes at the Center in the Park
• Co-Host of bi-monthly poetry venue Poetify-Poetry to Edify located at the Church of the Brethren on Germantown Avenue

Contact information
P. O Box 29523, Philadelphia, PA 19144, 215-205-3063

BATTERY MAN I did not live in vain









Purple Top with micpasley top with mic



Carole Loeffler

carole loefflerAs a young child I remember spending lazy summer afternoons lounging on the grass of our ample suburban lawn staring at the sky through the filtered frame of the tallest trees and their wavering limbs. I want to instill moments of quiet, peace, joy, awe, wonderment and nostalgia in the viewer.

•Resident of Germantown since June of 2012
•Runs the Gray Gallery – a space for emerging artists situated in an historic home in Germantown

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Carole Loeffler

Carole Loeffler, aggregate threads (of connection), 2014, 91”x 54”x49”, branch, balloons, ribbon, string, felt

Carole Loeffler, aggregate threads (of connection), 2014, 91”x 54”x49”, branch, balloons, ribbon, string, felt

Carole Loeffler, daydreaming, 2013, 73”x56”x25”, school chair, felt, ribbon

Carole Loeffler, daydreaming, 2013, 73”x56”x25”, school chair, felt, ribbon

Carole Loeffler, palpable threads, 2014, 99’ long x 2-3” x branches 21” & 24” length, fabric, wood, ribbon, glitter glue

   Carole Loeffler, palpable threads, 2014, 99’ long x 2-3” x branches 21” & 24” length, fabric, wood, ribbon, glitter glue

Carole Loeffler, sneaking scarlet, 2013, 59”x10.5”x5”, sneakers, felt, jersey fabric, glue, poly fill

Carole Loeffler, sneaking scarlet, 2013, 59”x10.5”x5”, sneakers, felt, jersey fabric, glue, poly fill

Carole Loeffler, grasp, clinch, clasp, embrace, 2014, 23”x20”x22”, foam, felt, glue, fabric, polyfill, ribbon

    Carole Loeffler, grasp, clinch, clasp, embrace, 2014, 23”x20”x22”, foam, felt, glue, fabric, polyfill, ribbon

Carole Loeffler, flourishing fuchsia flood, 2014, 61"x56"x14", foam, wood, fabric, felt, ribbon, glue

Carole Loeffler, flourishing fuchsia flood, 2014, 61″x56″x14″, foam, wood, fabric, felt, ribbon, glue

Allison Wooley

Photo on 2-4-13 at 5.27 PM #2

My artwork lately tends to be mindful and has a deeper meaning than ever before. After experiencing a great loss several years ago, I have used my creative side to heal. The artwork reflects that and tries to share important memories I am holding onto. My last art gallery show at the Plastic Club, I sold block printed works to raise money for Pre-Eclampsia and it was a very successful show. I look forward to continue fundraising through art gallery sales for this cause in memory of my daughter Soleil.

Also, I love to make everyday things to wear like handbags, jewelry and summery tops, so I do dabble in fashion design and illustration. I have my own local label called wooleybear wear and used to sell my designs to consignment shops. Lastly I often fuse my love of painting with my love of textiles as well, by sewing and weaving onto painted canvas.

My connection to Germantown began about seven years ago when I began teaching Art at Parkway Northwest High School for Peace and Social Justice.   I moved out here about four years ago from West Philadelphia.


Allison Wooley, Female Study,2012, ink on paper

Allison Wooley, Female Study,2012, ink on paper

Allison Wooley, Lake Erie Tree, 2013, mixed media

Allison Wooley, Lake Erie Tree, 2013, mixed media

Allison Wooley, Fashion Illustration Studies, 2013, color pencil

Allison Wooley, Fashion Illustration Studies, 2013, color pencil

Allsion Wooley, How About the Funk?, 2014,marker

Allsion Wooley, How About the Funk?, 2014,marker


Karen Smith

Karen Smith(center), percussionist and playwright,
with Weez the Peeple ( V. Shayne Frederick and Bert Harris)

Karen Smith is a percussionist leading for Weez the Peeples in performances throughout the city as well as Sistahs Laying Down Hands, a spoken word, vocals, dance and percussion ensemble. During the summer of 2014 she took her drumming talents to the Youth Advocacy Program of the Mural Arts Program. Karen recently acted as Outbeat Coordinator for American’s First Queer Jazz Festival as well as performing in this groundbreaking jazz event in Philadelphia.

Since the start of 2012, Karen has been utilizing her theater management skills to create a production company of her own, which entails overseeing budgets, contracts,connecting with sponsor, interviewing and hiring performers for workshops and full production of her project “3 Divas 3” performed both in Philadelphia and NYC in 2014. Currently, Ms. Smith will be premiering a multi-media play in February entitled, Stay Free, focusing on the leadership of Frederick Douglass.

Over the last few years Karen has worked in after school programs combining positive self expression through live music (drumming circle) along with exercise and nutrition routines.

Karen continues to volunteer with The Philadelphia Futures Organization: a not-for-profit organization that prepares high school students from low-income families to enter and succeed in college.

Born in Brooklyn NYC, living in Germantown, Pa.

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Steve Giordano

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I have been a musician since the age of 6. Although I have had a few “teachers” along the way at different times in my life, my real teacher has been the music itself. Obviously, our ears are the most important and personal mechanism when it comes to music. Musical knowledge should never supersede listening. Along these lines, our musical taste is personal, but deserves the chance to evolve without being stifled by rules or close minded opinions. In my young adult search for a jazz teacher, I never quite found what/who I was looking for because everyone had a “method” that never included self musical exploration or how to think about music. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise for me because I looked at music from a common sense point of view without inhibitions and sort of became, for my students, the teacher I was looking for.

The following is my life’s understanding of music and how to play with it, have fun with it, and experiment with it and hopefully, how to think about it. Please check out the “writings” section to read more about my thoughts on music and teaching, and feel free to get in touch if you are interested in taking a lesson.

I have lived in Germantown for 20 years teaching and doing house concerts through Groupon/Sidetour.



My composition/jazz projects:
Behn Gillece – vibes
Steve Meashey – bass
Joe Mullen – drums
Bob Meashey – trumpet/flugle horn
Steve Giordano – guitar

Musical Candlelight
Steve Giordano/Carla Jenkins (composition project)


Organ Trio: Dave Posmontier – organ,Dan Monaghan – drums,Steve Giordano – guitar

Guitar Duo: Jason Klinke – guitar,Steve Giordano – guitar

Symbiosis Syndicate: John Swana – EVI/Trombone,Bob Meashey – trumpet/flugle horn,John Mosemann – percussion,Joe Mullen – percussion,Steve Giordano – piano/synthesizers

Various trios with various world class musicians


Yolanda Wisher

Yolanda Wisher Photo by Mark Palacio

Poet, musician, and educator, Yolanda Wisher was born in Germantown and raised in Montgomery Country, where she was named the first poet laureate.  She is the author of Monk Eats an Afro and co-editor of Peace is a Haiku Song.  Wisher heads the Art Education  department of the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program and is a Founding Cultural Agent for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture.

Wisher has been a Germantown resident since 2000 and directed the Germantown Poetry Festival from 2006-2010.



Deborah Curtiss

Deborah Curtiss

Deborah Curtiss

Deborah Curtiss, having painted and exhibited since 1960, approaches painting as a composer and an explorer to discover visual metaphors for the complexities of life. While referencing recognizable forms and situations, she evokes inner and other realities of being human that reflect upon our time and place on earth. She is a founding member & resident of Greene Street Artists Cooperative, the location of her studio for daily creative activity.
Deborah Curtiss
Greene Street Artists
5225 Greene Street #15
Philadelphia PA 19144-2927

• Lived and worked in Germantown since 1985: Alden Park until 1992, Greene Street Artists thereafter.
• Studied at Antioch College, Yale University School of Art, and University of the Arts.
• Taught at Philadelphia Museum of Art, PCA, Drexel U, Temple U, Wallingford Community Arts Center, UArts.
• Currently focused on writing her ARTobiography.