Philadelphia has a unique, rich musical history, and WXPN has made it its mission to build a community focused on discovering that music and connecting artists with new audiences.
“We know that art and music lifts our souls and can unite us all,” says Karin Orenstein, Director of Education for Settlement Music School and a member of Jazz Philadelphia's Education Working Group. “At Settlement, we believe that the act of doing, of practicing, of reaching goals, will be what gets us through this time with our spirits intact.”
We're excited to announce that we're launching the Jazz Philadelphia Hometown Heroes series today in partnership with WRTI. For the rest of April, Tuesday through Saturday, we'll publish profiles of artists who have called Philadelphia home, while WRTI celebrates their music on the air.
The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) is turning its attention to relief and recovering efforts, including collecting data on the economic impact of the shutdown directly from artists and organization/business leaders. We urge everyone in the community to fill out this critical survey as soon as possible. The survey will allow the OACCE to better understand and advocate for what the cultural community needs to recover.
We want to hear from you! For the month of April, we will be posting prompts via our social media channels for opportunities to share the love for jazz in Philadelphia. See the full schedule below and follow along on social media:
The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has announced its Jazz Residency winners for the 2020 season, and public workshops are coming up in March. Bassist Richard Hill, Jr., saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, and vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd will all create new works through the Kimmel’s program, which is now in its 12th year. April previews of the works in progress are also forthcoming, and final performances are in June. All programs are free and open to the public, and all Philadelphia-based musicians are eligible to apply to the program each year.
The National Jazz Festival, an intensive musical competition that will be attended by schools from throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, will take place on Saturday, February 15, at the Philadelphia Convention Center in Center City. Over 1200 high school and middle school musicians from 43 schools in 11 states will perform and compete in this one-day event, which also includes music instruction and other classes for aspiring musicians. All events are free and open to the public.