Who is Eddie Lang and why does he have a DAY in Philadelphia?

No less than Les Paul deemed Eddie Lang “the father of jazz guitar.” The Philadelphia native (Bella Vista 7th and Clymer) is recognized this Sunday Oct. 2 with a concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. He’s had his own official “day” here in Philly for a number of years now thanks to the efforts of Delaware County musician Richard Barnes who has made it his mission to protect and further the legacy of Eddie Lang and the music of the 20’s and 30’s in general. Richard Barnes and his 13 piece Blackbird Society Orchestra will play this musical celebration of Lang’s legacy (think Boardwalk Empire soundtrack) which benefits Musicopia and Dancing Classrooms Philly. There will also be a 50 ft. mural unveiling depicting Lang on October 23 in South Philly as part of Mural Arts Month and the city’s wonderful Mural Arts Program.

Don't be surprised if you see Annie Haslam (Renaissance) in attendance. She will be working with the Blackbird Society Orchestra on a forthcoming project.