By David Madden
CHERRY HILL, N.J., (CBS) — The name Dave Appell probably rings true for old time Philadelphia music fans. But truth be told he wrote a lot more than some popular 60’s rock and roll. And there’s an effort on to not just keep his music alive, but help young people in Philadelphia looking to break into the music business.
You may remember South Street as one of the many hits Dave Appell penned for the Cameo-Parkway label. But he also wrote a lot of jazz pieces that never got out before he died last year at age 92.
His daughter, Roz, paired with producer Billy Terrell. They got professionals and students to record a total of 14 tracks. “This is something that’s almost hummable. You can almost hum along with it. It’s so melodic,” she told KYW Newsradio. “So I would say it’s smooth jazz.”
Students at the University of the Arts are forming a band called The Applejacks, a throwback to a band Appell formed in the late 50s before he started producing music. They plan to tour. But not before a kickoff concert Monday night at the World Cafe to fund a charitable foundation in Appell’s name. That foundation will raise money to provide instruments and instruction to young people who could not otherwise afford to pursue such a career.
To purchase tickets to Monday’s concert, go to http://tickets.worldcafelive.com/event/1003163-applejacks- . To purchase the CD, go to http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1043275727?ls=1&app=itunes.